The Mass Communication course is often taken for granted. Some claim taking this course is a piece of cake. I say, go and experience being a communication arts student first.
I first took up Political Science, then shifted to Medical Technology, before finally settling for Mass Communication. That’s why I can really tell the difference at least among these three courses.
I took Political Science because my Father wished for me to become a lawyer. On the other hand, I took Medical Technology because my mother wanted me to build a career in the medical field. It didn’t work for both because I wasn’t happy with these courses. I have long wanted to take up Mass Communication.
From Ateneo de Davao University to San Pedro College, finally, to University of Immaculate Concepcion and taking up the course of my choice.
First year was fine since my subjects from my previous course got credited. Second year was fun because it was more on studying theories of communication, studying media laws and ethics. Then, third year came.
Third year was where it all started. The broadcasting, writing, production requirements were keeping us up for days on end. This is when it hit me, masscom isn’t easy. There’s the personality you have to develop because it’s all about communication. Then, there’s the credibility that you have to keep tabs on, and most of all, you have to be flexible and able to do whatever is asked of you.
It takes skills, talents and intellect. It’s an application of almost everything. You’ve got to have it all.
I clearly remember all our activities when I was in third year. All the hardships, all the tears I’ve shed for the times I wanted to give up. All the pressure and miscommunication with fellow classmates. All the sleepless nights and cramming.
I am currently in my last year of college. Presently an intern for Sun.Star Davao, which is a pleasure by the way. Together with our internship is the making of our thesis which we are not complaining about because this is the last year and we know all of these will be worth it when we finally step on that stage and finally be called graduates. It has been a long journey full of mixed emotions and unforgettable memories.
It is sad to think that at the end of this journey we will be going our separate ways. We have already lost a lot of people along the way not to mention our classmates who shifted to other courses and the one who died. It is not easy to go on with life without the people you got so used to being with and having no idea what comes your way.
To sum it all up, I wouldn’t say that mass communication is unlike any other course. All courses are difficult. All are challenging and one must not really look down on other courses for you don’t know what the students in that program went through or is still going through.
Jayrilynn B. Jayson studies at the University of the Immaculate Conception.