7 stages of a journalism major in statistics class as told by cute animals

I don’t know about you, but I’m a journalism major because math is not my forte. Does Mr. E.W. Scripps himself really expect me to be able to calculate z-scores and find the standard deviation when all I want to do is write listicles for Buzzfeed? Alas, I’m stuck in Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with the other Scripps kids, lost in a sea of numbers.

Here’s the 7 stages of an aspiring journalist in a PSY 2110 lecture:

1. Lethargy

Flickr, Aldo Tapia
Flickr, Aldo Tapia

You start off with an apathetic sigh as you crack open your PSY 2110 textbook to prepare for the next 55 minutes of hell.

2. Drowsiness

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Flickr, K-nekoTR

Ten minutes in, you eyes start to close as you snuggle up next to your stats equations and dream about winning a Pulitzer for your groundbreaking exposé on the gender wage gap.

3. TERROR

Flickr, Alex Ulanov
Flickr, Alex Ulanov

You when the professor calls on you for the answer but you’ve been drooling on your histogram instead of figuring out what the standard deviation is.

4. *eye roll emoji*

Flickr, Luz Rovira
Flickr, Luz Rovira

The smug look on the stats major’s face next to you when he knows the answer and you don’t…

5.  Confusion

Flickr, John C Bullas
Flickr, John C Bullas

You and the kid in VICO staring blankly at the next problem on the PowerPoint because statistics is a foreign language.

6. PANIC

Flickr, Nina
Flickr, Nina

The face you make when class ends but you leave in PANIC because you need this class to graduate and the midterm is next week but you know NOTHING.

7.  ¯\_()_/¯

Flickr, Christin Gain
Flickr, Christi Gain

And finally, you when you’ve given up on life and drop PSY 2110 because you’re a journalism major and not a mathematician.

 

You’ll still be the next host of the Today show even if you’re three credits short of graduating, right?

Scripps Hispanic Network: New Student Org Celebrates Heritage

In Schoonover 506, the changing face of America is staking its claim in the journalism world. Scripps students are working hard in the conference room on a project that aims to give Hispanic communications students more visibility in the job market. This handful of driven students comprises the Scripps Hispanic Network, a fledgling organization with big plans.

Full disclosure: I am the President of the Scripps Hispanic Network. I am one of the founding members. I am incredibly biased when I say that the SHN is one of the most important projects students are working on at the Scripps College of Communications. At the SHN, we hope to bring exciting and useful programming to all Scripps students. Networking opportunities. Workshops. Panels featuring industry professionals. Our primary goal is to assist a growing population of Hispanic and Spanish-speaking students in attaining positions in communications right out the gate.

Pew Research Center reports that most Latinos are Millennials, with the median age at 19. At Ohio University, while our density of students who identify as Latino, or Hispanic, is relatively low, it has the potential for serious growth. Scripps Hispanic Network is creating a framework for a welcoming and opportune environment where Hispanic and Latino students can feel welcome in “Bobcat Country.”

What a fine day to start a revolution.
What a fine day to start a revolution.

SHN’s target audience is not solely for students who identify as Hispanic or Latino. We are proud to accept membership applications from all who have an interest in pursuing a career in Spanish-speaking media. Membership is affirmed through a system of paying dues, though the benefits outweigh the price tremendously. As a member, you will soon have to access to our newsletter, “Cafecito,” emailed directly to your inbox. This newsletter will contain scholarship information, internship postings, essential news tidbits and more. We are interested in constructing an experience for the smarter Scripps student. An SHN student is bound not by the vicissitudes of fate, but rather, their dedication to surrounding themselves with opportunity.

Though SHN is a newborn organization (we have just successfully completed our second official meeting) we are growing, legitimizing, rapidly. As of this posting, we are in contact with several highly respected members of the journalism world. Look forward to what we have in store for Scripps.

In our mission statement, we declare: “Ultimately, we strive to create an inclusive and beneficial space for anyone interested in securing a position in Hispanic and Spanish-speaking media.” We strive. We work with utmost diligence to ensure employment opportunities for this field. This diligence is a reflection of the people behind its inception. The Scripps Hispanic Network’s shoring is comprised of a team of highly dedicated and beautiful people. When considering your future in media, please consider the Scripps Hispanic Network for all of your professional networking needs.