“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda
My first day of entering Mohawk College as a mature student, in the Television Broadcasting course was to say the least, a tad bit scary but exciting at the same time.
It was scary in that, this was it, my dreams come true, what if I find out I spent my entire life chasing a phantom dream!? Once getting involved in the classes that
I find out that I completely dislike the whole idea of Television and it was all a waste of time? It was exciting because at the same time I just loved the pure
story telling aspect of Television, didn’t matter if it was visual or verbal it was the art of storytelling I loved and passionate about the most!
Piecing information together, creating the words that will go and really hit home visually to a story piece, the creative process of learning an entirely new
camera then what I’m use to and the importance of audio to your production was really invigorating. Thankfully, my friends that I’ve made in the previous course
I took also came with me into our first year television course. We also made sure we were in the proper section so we could all be together and wouldn’t have to
really meet new people.
I’m not going to lie, the course was very demanding, there was a lot of information to take in, not only are you trying to learn old methods of editing but at the
same time learn the new way of editing on the computer instead of tape to tape. But, I think after a few classes, and the first initial tests, once getting out on
the field and shooting, I knew right then and there this was a place were I was meant to be and I would work my butt off to make it through every single test, every
single shoot and make it my own.
Needless to say, again, it wasn’t that easy. There were events that transpired that I never really had to deal with before, like the whole idea of group work
and being a team player. It’s easy to be a team player when you’re getting paid to do so, but when you’re dealing with really good friends, and just getting marks
which should be as equal to if not more as money, you tend to slack with what is expected of you.
Some people go through school like they were a leaf in the wind, just bouncing from one class to another with out a care in the world never really looking
at the bigger picture and what is at stake, fail one test? I’ll make it up on the next one. But for others they really wanted to make their mark.
And some people need to be pushed up against the wall, so close to failing that they will do anything and what ever it takes to crawl back out of the hole,
nothing more embarrassing then not being able to graduate with your friends but not that, that type of person would care because they would just be pissing
their life away in the mean time.
And then there are just those that no matter what mark they get, they can always con people into getting what they want, and it might work for a majority of the time
but it doesn’t always suit your needs to be that way and rely on that method to create and manifest your destiny. There were very many great moments in that 3 year stretch
of television broadcasting course I could talk about, but none would compare to the First day I decided to to change my life around and the last day I would step into
that school as a Student.
Graduation from the course taught me one thing, dreams will stand on their own if you have passion and courage to pursue them, no matter how long it takes, no matter
what you have to go through during the process to get there. And it is ultimately not the final destination but the journey to get there that matters the most.
Graduation is simply a piece of paper acknowledging your efforts and a pat on the back. But it’s not the end, only merely a new beginning.