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Living a Life Full of Travel – Final Story revised

Traveling the world is not everyone’s ultimate passion, but for one Piedmont College student it’s all she has ever known.  From adventures near her hometown to long international journeys, she has seen many indescribable sites that will stay with her for a lifetime.

“I have been travelling longer than I have been able to walk,” says Caitlin Parker, a history major at Piedmont College.  “At three weeks old I took my first trip to camping on the beach with my family, and at six weeks we traveled to South Carolina.”

On Wednesday, April 17, Piedmont College hosted its first annual Piedmont Research Innovation and Discovery Exhibition in the Swanson Center.  This event was held to give students the opportunity to present any research they have done over the year, share unique experiences they have been involved in or present their capstone presentations.  It was a huge success with over 130 students presenting throughout the course of five hours.

“Throughout the day, students discussed their research, described how study-away programs broadened their horizon, and performed works that inspire them,” says John Roberts.  

These study-away programs mentioned by Roberts are called Maymesters at Piedmont and this is where Caitlin Parker is able to continue her passion of travel, while still obtaining credits for classes.  She was one of the many presenters at the P.R.I.D.E event last week talking about Maymesters, gaining the attention of many listeners with her topic “Travelling enhances education.”

“Travelling is just in my family’s blood,” says Parker.  “Any chance we get on holidays or time off to spend together we just go somewhere new and exciting.”

Aruba, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands and Arizona are just a few places where Parker has gained new knowledge and experience for her works in history at school.  It wasn’t until she came to Piedmont, however, that she was able to travel across the world to England and Peru.  Piedmont’s Maymesters are a great opportunity for her to continue to explore areas of the world and learn more about the history of this earth she has never seen before.

“When I was at Buckingham Palace in England, It was completely life changing just to be able to stand in front of something so beautiful,” says Parker.  “Being a history major it really helps to see these amazing structures in person to appreciate them and learn more about them.  Architecture that has been standing since the Roman Empire has a lot of rich history to it.”

Last year, Parker took yet another chance to see a different area of the world by flying to Peru with the Piedmont College Maymester crew.  Having gained new experience in England the year before, she was ready to take on this adventure with a different group of students and learn more about the culture’s in Latin America. 

“My favorite place in Peru was definitely Machu Pichu.  Sitting on top of one of the seven wonders of the world at 15,000 feet elevation was incredible and something I’ll never forget,” Parker says.

In Peru, there are many different styles of living and a vast variety of how the locals make a living.  From farmers to expert basket weavers, Peru has a culture very different than that of America’s and Caitlin experienced it first-hand.

“We saw three women taking the time to hand weave blankets, mittens and scarves out of materials from Alpacas or other mammals,” Parker says.  “They talked to us about their traditions and how it relates to their customs in Peru.” 

Without Piedmont’s Maymester program, she would never have been able to gain experience for international travel. Parker has become a better world traveler in the past two years and now she can share her stories with the people who taught her the importance of exploring: her family back home.  From a young age her mother engrained the importance of experiencing the adventure and encouraged Caitlin to get out in the world.

Parker is a prime example of how people can start to understand and appreciate the differences we all have in culture and ways of life.  Once students step out of their comfort zones, they will begin to broaden their horizons and shape the way they live their life.

“There’s only so much a professor and textbook can teach you and once you’re out there on your own experiencing new traditions, you will learn more than you ever imagined,” says Parker.  “There’s so much to see beyond campus…beyond the States.  You just have to get out there and find it.”


Caitlin Parker

John Roberts

Reading Response 10

In Chapters 12 and 13, Filak discusses laws and ethics. Chapter 12 talks about how the law is constantly changing and that good reporters should always keep their heads up on what is going on in the field of media law. Filak also relays the importance of being careful no matter what your publishing, wether it be a short tweet or a published article. Just use caution.

When it comes to ethics, Filak says it is important to understand ethics and know that they are very important for reporters and journalists. If you ignore ethics then you put your credibility at risk and your readers might stop paying attention to your work. He also talks about how important it is to adapt your ethics and change the way you work. It is important to use ethical standards that you can support and actually hold onto than it is to “fake” the concept of good ethics.

Reading Response 9

These chapters by Filak and Knight mostly discuss the law of the first amendment of Freedom of Press. They go into detail about how journalists must obey this law or a lot can backfire on them.

The first amendment is supposed to be used to an extent. This does not give the right to be able to say anything you desire, it must be truthful and unharmful to other people. This is where the Bill of Rights comes in. The Bill of Rights could publish a piece of work by a journalist that is not entirely factual because government doesn’t have to approve of the work.

Filak discusses this issue very well in my opinion and talks about ethics to a great extent. He says that there just some things that all reporters/ journalists shouldn’t say. Likewise, there are a lot of situations they should stay away from. Imagine if your audience found out you were publishing fictional work with false leads, they would to want to read your stories anymore because they are fake. However, if a story comes up with facts that might hurt the public or your own appearance, they should be told because journalists have to stay honest.

Reading Response 8

In this chapter Knight talks about the overuse of certain words and phrases and how they hurt your writing of stories. People get tired of seeing the words over and over again and they start to have less meaning to them. This has happened before in my writing, as I write really fast sometimes and I don’t realize how many times I use the same word a lot until after I go back and double check it.

Knight also talks about some of the common cliches that are used in writing. He discusses how we should never use these cliches in our writing because it’s unoriginal and repetitive. So many people have seen these cliches too often they will get tired of them and they will have less meaning to them the more they see the sayings.

Disaster Drill Story

Massive explosions, clouds of smoke and bloody victims set the scene.  Fire trucks are heard in the background as people begin screaming for help.  There are no thoughts, only action, for the nursing majors at Piedmont College as they participate in their first scenario of saving lives. 

“Most of the nurses here are juniors or seniors, so they’re just a little ways away from working in a hospital,” says Dave Palmer from District 2 Public Health.  “The smoke, the noise, the lights.  This is what they will be faced with when they graduate into their careers.” 

On Wednesday, March 27, Piedmont College held its annual disaster drill for senior nursing students to gain real-world experience.  At approximately 10 a.m an explosion went off in the paint shop of the Swanson Center, “harming” the junior nursing students who played victims in the fire.  With over 100 senior nursing students waiting to tend to the wounded, EMS and first responders began racing toward the college for medical assistance. 

“Shortly after the explosion, Demorest Fire and Police Department arrived on scene.  Followed by Habersham County Medical Center and EMS, Habersham Fire Department and Homeland Security,” says Piedmont Police Chief Jim Andrews.  “Habersham Search and Rescue even had their dogs out searching for another bomb.”

The main goal of the R.H College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Piedmont is to make this drill appear as realistic as they possibly can.  A long period of planning goes into the event so that Habersham County and the Piedmont College faculty members can provide a thrilling experience for the students. 

“We gained approval for this year’s theme over the summer and planning for the drill began shortly after,” says Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Greilich.  “Multi-agency meetings took place trying to figure out victims, simulated injuries and where the landing of an aircraft could occur.”

Professor of Theatre Henry Johnson made the explosive material for the fake bomb and was amazed at the success and realistic scenario of this year’s drill. 

“It’s a very extensive facility… all the props are made of combustible materials so a fire could easily start here,” says Johnson.  “Combining all of these realistic elements will surely prepare the nursing students for their careers.”

Reading Response 7

Reading chapter 7 just brought me back to basics and reminded me what is involved to become a great journalistic writer. However, one thing that stood out to me was the topic of beat reporting. I had no idea what this was until i read this chapter and I feel like it is very important to understand now.

Beat reporting (specialized reporting) provides an in-depth analysis on a specific issue or topic. In order to become a very professional beat reporter, it is very important to familiarize yourself with the topic you will be covering. In order to do this effectively, you will need to make connections and communicate with others in the business. You could also do in-depth research on the topic and talk to friends in the field that you have communicated with. I am looking forward to using beat reporting in my future journalistic writings.

Reading Response 6

In Chapter 7, Knight discusses the very important topic or Journalistic ethics. He talks about some reporters and editors losing their jobs because they violated the ethics. He states that “what sounds honest sometimes isn’t.” Some writers try to use clear language to misguide the readers into thinking it’s all true when it actually isn’t. One key to being honest is avoiding generalizations and assumptions and also respecting the reader and avoid putting the reporter into the story. These are all things I could work on in my writing and I think they will help make my stories a lot more ethically balanced.

Filak talks about the effects of critical thinking and how they affect journalistic writing. He states how important it is to demonstrate proactive and reactive skills during the process of reporting and to use critical thought when looking over content for your story, especially how relevant it is and if it adds any value to the readers.