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01

May

Stress & bad timing…

Hello all,

Well, this is the last week of classes, so as we all know, the end is coming near. Students around campus are running around like chickens with our heads cut off. The library is open 24/7 from here on out, and it’s officially crunch time on campus. While this is the atmosphere at ISU, I know that it’s probably much the same on any campus across the country right now. 

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24

Apr

Stop and smell the roses!

Hello all!

As the semester is coming to a close, I find myself running in circles, attempting to find time to check everything off my list. As one of the features editors at the Vidette, my time is often spent in the office and my writing is now usually limited to my columns each week, with an occasional review. Without delving into detail, we have lost several of our features reporters within the past week and a half and needless to say, I thought it was time I got back into writing articles to pick up the noticeable slack.

This morning, I rolled out of bed fairly early (9 a.m. !!) and plugged the address to the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington, IL in my GPS system. About ten minutes later, I came upon the entrance to the estate, and in my situation, the garden that I came to learn more about. After parking my car, I walked the path to Sarah’s Garden and met with two master gardener’s who I spent the next hour with learning about the history of the Davis family, the garden that David Davis’ wife Sarah tended too, and what the master gardeners do to keep the garden alive and thriving. 

Sarah's Garden

It’s crazy to me to think that some of the plants have been in the same spot since the gardens creation 140 years ago. It’s so cool to know that history was on this spot, and even honest Abe was on the lot at some point, although I don’t think he ever toured the garden. 

This experience reminded me what I have missed since being a features editor. While I love the experience of editing and designing the page, as well as being part of a close knit team of sub editors and our editor in chief, part of me misses the fun and interesting things that come along with being a reporter. For me, learning someone’s story is a very special thing, and getting to share that with the campus, whether they care or not, is really a honor. 

As all of my projects pile up and my work continues to cause stress, as well as the sad reality that in three weeks I move home to Champaign, IL and still have no job prospects, I am excited to know that my passion for writing and learning about different things has not faded away. Sometimes, I think I should cast my hopes of journalism aside, but days like today, or like my trip flying an airplane or even meeting the president of the university, all remind me why I love what I do. I am a good writer and I think that any place would be lucky to have me, and while my first job may pay me a salary below the poverty line, I know I can do great things and prove what I am made of. 

While I walked through Sarah Davis’ garden this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder what things were like for her when she walked those same paths. I learned that she was ahead of her time, an educated woman and interested in the world around her. I am excited for the next chapter in my life and hope that the path I create is one that I can look back on and be proud.

Those of you out there in college, enjoy it and honestly, go out and experience things on campus and off! Without my opportunity working for the Vidette, there are so many things I would have never done or known about and I think each thing I did just helped shape me into the well rounded individual I am, who will be walking the stage in 18 days (YIKES!) with only a few regrets!

Check out my article on Sarah’s Garden

Stay tuned to my page, as I will be posting images of my magazine in it’s final stages as well as my articles that will be on them!

Stay savvy,

Renee

22

Apr

(Photo’s by Ryan Hansen/ Daily Vidette Photographer)

A few weeks have passed since my experience in the sky earlier this semester. After getting the opportunity to learn about private pilot training and even get a chance to learn some of the basics of flying an airplane as well. I sat in the front with our instructor, Joe Plazak, as he taught me some basics of flying, while the photographer Ryan sat in the back and observed and brought the experience to life with his photo’s. Turning and changing directions gave me the feeling I was going to crash the plane, but at the end of the day, it is an experience I can check off my bucket list. While my oldest brother is a commercial pilot, it’s cool to know that the two of us have both taken to the air, although his experience definitely trumps my own. Check out my article and enjoy the extra pictures! 

Stay savvy,

Renee

16

Feb

Ah, the beautiful Chicago skyline! Some people may say the midwest is lacking, but perhaps they have never been to this beautiful city? While I am obviously working on finding people worthy to feature in my next edition of College Savvy (both print and this great tumblr page!) I am also the features editor for the Illinois State University newspaper the Daily Vidette. This weekend we’re going to Chicago for ICPA (Illinois College Press Association) awards. I will be taking photo’s and filming to share on here so be sure to check in!
Stay savvy ladies,
Renee

Ah, the beautiful Chicago skyline! Some people may say the midwest is lacking, but perhaps they have never been to this beautiful city? While I am obviously working on finding people worthy to feature in my next edition of College Savvy (both print and this great tumblr page!) I am also the features editor for the Illinois State University newspaper the Daily Vidette. This weekend we’re going to Chicago for ICPA (Illinois College Press Association) awards. I will be taking photo’s and filming to share on here so be sure to check in!

Stay savvy ladies,

Renee

06

Feb

From the classroom to the web… the beginning of “College Savvy”

As I finally get my blog on tumblr ready and begin posting, I find it important that I start with an introduction post. Whether you are one of my friends who has been linked to my blog or you randomly came upon my page, welcome and please read more! :)

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