How am I going to survive in my third year university life?

 

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Every student might have heard this story from somewhere before that third year life in the university is the toughest year of all. Big projects are due week by week and teachers assign homework like students have gotten only their classes to attend. Well, frankly speaking, it’s literally true. Nothing could ever be more right than this.

My name is Taew. I am a student from Thammasat University who is currently studying in my junior year in the Faculty of Journalism. What you’re about to read here is a story about my experiences in one of the classes that I have attended which I’d like to share with those people who might face the same situations.

One of the courses I have enrolled is called ‘Editorial and Article Writing’ course. What I’m going to talk about is the experiences from having to work with the people whom the teacher selected for you. Yes, it’s a random selection for group members. Say goodbye to my close friends whom I always do projects with. It’s now some strangers I never got a real chance to talk with before, or those whom I basically don’t want to be friends with, but now they’re in the same group with me, and I have to work together with them to finish tons of works every week. Many problems may be prevised in your head right now but that’s not it.

Sometimes, life is so weird that you cannot even imagine how something would logically bound together, but still, you have to be consent and follow along with it. Who could believe that in this world, there’s a rule not to bring iced coffee into a classroom but only hot coffee allowed? What is the reason not to do so? Even until now, I still could not be able to find a valid reason to support this rule that my teacher put on me and also the rest of the students. Moreover, this rule is just one among over ten rules that I need to strictly follow.

On the very first class of this course, I was so dumbfounded by all the rules and projects that hit me like a storm, could not even fake a smile, and be positive that I could overcome all of these things. Tears even fell down because they couldn’t be able to endure from all of the pressures. However, as time passed by, my tears dried because I finally became accustomed to it and that I finally realized that my teacher did this for a good cause. He had a reason behind all of his actions and that reason is ‘to make these young rudderless students become grown-ups.’

Let’s think of what I would get from working with random friends whom I would not be so fond of. Absolutely, I faced a lot of problems. There were quarrels and fights over different opinions. However; that’s life. In the working place, you must have to face this kind of situations everyday because you have to deal with strangers who are customers or coworkers in your team who come from different places. Different opinions always occur. The best way out of here that I have learned is to deal with these problems with a right method. To be able to work with fellows that you’re not close with, the right method is to be open-minded and calm. Sometimes, you think that your idea is best but others may not agree. You have to open your mind for different opinions, and be calm when one challenges you. What’s most important for a teamwork is ‘to listen.’ I have learned that I must not shut my ears, heart, and mind when working as a team.

Now let’s move on to think about what I would get from following strict rules. Annoyance? Freaking out? Or good patience? I have learned something from working under strict rules. Sometimes, in the real life, reasonability might not always be there and the only things that could make you go through the exhausted life are the patience and the strong will of determination. Sincerely, this class was truly a practice that prepared me for the real world. It opened my eyes to see that there could be something worse out there waiting for me. If I could not even go through a classroom rule, how would I be able to overcome bigger struggles and live my life in the unfair world? Even though I get annoyed sometimes, I have gained more patience.

Lastly, What would I get from having to complete tons of projects under a tight deadline? Sleeplessness? Panda eyes? Or good lessons? We know that in the future we must work diligently to finish the task given by our boss in time. No late because late means disaster for our career life. No companies want a worker who couldn’t work for them by the time they want. The lesson I got from studying this course is the experiences of working in a real-like environment. I have to manage my time accordingly and not be a lazy kiddo. Only diligent person would survive in this society.

Life is always hard and you cannot turn your face away from that. Sometimes, tough life teaches you something more valuable than the simple one could do. Third year university life is one of that. It’s a time where you can really learn new worthy experiences that the freshmen or the sophomore year couldn’t be able to give you. The experiences from this class are not only practical and beneficial but also memorable for me because I couldn’t get this from somewhere else. Thanks to my teacher, I now feel as I have become a grown-up who is ready to step out to the real world.

Ask Yourself Before You Share

 Ask Yourself Before You Share

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“You can hear rumors. But you can’t know them.”
― Jay AsherThirteen Reasons Why

Have you ever experienced the time when Facebook or other social media platforms disseminate nonsense information and people share it without checking whether it’s true or not? And when you see that does it irritate you? Or are you one of those people who participate in disseminating these false rumors as well? Let’s give this an elaboration.

As the popularity of social media rules over our society, it has altered the way today’s information is disseminating. Social media has now become a major platform for spreading false rumors worldwide and this had gone over control.

Here is the example of rumors that had gone worldwide in 2014. (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-jet/social-media-spread-false-reports-safe-landing-n48081)

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The news about the missing jet of Malaysia Airlines, MH370, on March 8th 2014, Twitter users had tweeted regarding about what was happening to this aircraft. One Twitter user tweeted that he had “some inside news from a pilot uncle that MH370 has emergency landed somewhere in China! Hope everyone is safe.” This rumor was spreading widely among social media for a while until both Malaysian Airlines officials and the Chinese government later stated that the safe landing rumors were false. Other false rumors were also there such as; the plane was being high jacked or the plane had run out of fuel and crashed somewhere in Malaysia.

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Are you one of those people who believed in this fake information and click ‘share’? I believe there was at least one. Social media users often jumped into conclusion assuming that these were all true. Some usually share only those things that they agree without checking the facts. Some people may argue that without social media sources, we cannot receive the information as instantaneously as the event happens. It’s true that. But, with them, we are also open to misleading, false information that is now considered to be one of main difficulties in society.

“A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on.”
― Terry PratchettThe Truth

However, there is a simple way to prevent this false information from spreading. Here are 5 questions we need to ask ourselves every time we come across a story that we think we might want to share with our online friends suggested by Luke O’Neil, a journalist for the Boston Globe and Boston Phoenix, and the author of the book Drinking and Diving in Beantown.

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1st , “Who is telling the story?” – Ask ourselves where all this information comes from. Look at the source to determine its credibility. If we have never heard of the source before, then it’s most likely to be false.

2nd, “What is the story about?” – Read beyond the headlines. It’s quite common for some people just to hit ‘share’ without even clicking through to read the full article. If the story seems too good to be true, or too bad to actually happen, go to Google – your teacher- , to see if you can find a reliable second source or not.

3rd, “When did the story happen?” – We should look at the date to see when the post is published in order to avoid excitement over something that might have happened many years before.

4th, “Where did the story happen?” – We should ask ourselves if it happened in another country and, if the answer is yes, we should find out how the publisher knows what is going on over there. This may seem to be a harsh judgment yet it is doubtful that a person within the same boundaries as we are could report the event like he/she is really in the same place where that event happens.

5th, “Why is this story being shared?” – This is an important question as some stories are purposely made up merely for the sharers. We have already determined that people usually share only those things that they agree with, sometimes without even checking the facts, so we should consider the inherent news value before we decide to share it.

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Take a moment to consider all these five questions before hitting the share button because it won’t just save us from being embarrassed online, but it will also make the online information platform a better place. Eliminating the use of false information and learning to use social media as efficiently as possible are important. It is not just for the benefit of individual users but it is an effective way to direct information that can benefit society as a whole.

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