A Calling Found

Many students on campus find themselves bored or not ever finding their niche. Not Emily McIntosh, though! In her first semester, Emily was looking for a job for work study. As we all know, those are not always easy to find. What started out as a search for a job, became a discovery of something she loved and wonderful connections.

“In a desperate attempt to find a work-study opportunity, I went to my advisor, Dr. Farmer. He introduced me to Chris Hemeyer, the Athletics Marketing Coordinator here at Campbell. Soon after my search, I was learning everything from the ins and outs of a video camera to how to edit and create videos for Campbell Athletics.

After my first go-around at filming and editing, I knew quickly that I was in the right place! I have learned more in one Tuesday afternoon than I would in a weeks worth of class. Not only that, I was able to take what I had learned in my previous Comm. Studies classes and apply them to this experience. When I had the chance to interview the wrestling coaches for the upcoming year, I took what I had learned in Writing for the Mass Media about how to conduct and interview and put it into practice. Take it from me – there are few better feelings than applying what you heard from a lecture into real life!

The time I spent with Mr. Hemeyer and his colleagues has also helped me decide my career path. As an incoming Freshman, I was a Generalist Communication Studies major. But after this experience, I changed my concentration to Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

On a typical day, I will do one of many things. Some days, I go on-site and interview coaches and players using a video camera and a microphone. Other days, I film b-roll for other projects. Still other days, I stay in McKay Hall, editing and creating videos to broadcast on gocamels.com as well as the Fighting Camels official Facebook and Twitter page. And to think, people actually get paid to do all of this!

Put simply, the opportunity I have been given has provided me with more than I could ever expect. The connections I have made and the experiences I have gained not only provide a great way to pass the time, they also give me that much-needed advantage in the job market after I graduate.”

There you have it. Don’t be afraid to go on your own search for something you like! Check out these videos. Emily edited and helped promote the volleyball clip and filmed, edited and created the basketball segment.

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