Student Perspective: Back In Syracuse
The following is a guest post by Communications@Syracuse student Brent Royer.
To say I got the feeling of déjà vu this week would be an understatement.
Twenty years ago, when people were still editing tape-to-tape and browsing this strange new Internet via Netscape, I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed undergrad at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. I would have never guessed that, so many years later, I would be back in the same exact place, doing many of the same exact things — staying up all night to cram in that last assignment or stopping by Acropolis for that late-night slice of pizza.
There were only two Newhouse buildings back then. And oh, how things have changed. Glistening in the sunlight, a monolith of glass and stainless steel, wrapped in the words of the First Amendment, Newhouse 3 appears to be bursting from, but connected to, the walls of Newhouse 2. The building is quite symbolic when you consider this age of digital communications and media convergence is exploding with the new, but still must be firmly anchored by the practices and polices of traditional journalism and communications. To move forward, we must sometimes look to the past.
The Newhouse 3 Building on the campus of Syracuse University.
That said, I’ve done a lot of looking back this weekend as I joined my Communications@Syracuse classmates in visiting campus for our first immersion. I reconsidered the reasons I decided to pursue communications as a profession in the first place. I also recalled the many wise and encouraging professors who helped guide and train me, providing me with the access to state-of-the-art tools (granted, at the time) that fueled a rewarding career thus far — first as a journalist, then as a brand storyteller.
This immersion weekend was also about looking ahead, trying to map a personal and professional future in this ever-changing digital media landscape. And again, the Newhouse School sits on the cutting edge — it provides students with the best tools and training. And, even more importantly, it gives us access to a wide array of amazing professionals from the fields of journalism, advertising and public relations. We are ready and willing to seek out new opportunities as we try to decide where exactly this master’s degree in communications is going to take us.
For me, the weekend’s greatest inspiration came from the teachers and from my fellow students. My classmates come from across the country and around the globe, each bringing a unique experience and perspective to the table as we contemplate the opportunities and ramifications of the digital world in which we live. It is truly a privilege to be working with this amazing group of colleagues, and I’m looking forward to more collaboration as we pursue our degrees.
Now… let’s go to Faegan’s.