Dear Tom and the CSB Gang,
I would like to thank everyone for the help and support over the last couple of years. I would not be the person I am today without CSB (that may sound pretty drastic, but it is true) and I certainly would not be where I am career wise.
The only word that comes to mind when I remember the first class is terrified. I looked at the syllabus and wondered how would I ever be able to work on all of this equipment independently, let alone complete projects for a grade. That fear subsided however, as soon as I realized I would be speaking in front of the class and performing in front of the camera on a regular basis .... that is when the terror set in. I was very introverted to say the least. However, I realized the atmosphere during class was rather comfortable. I attribute that to the instructors.
The first thing I noticed was that all of the instructors made it clear that if something was not understood to ask now rather then later. They all made it a point to let everyone know not to take their critiquing personal. Many of them were there every step of the way during our final projects for any questions. The thing that I remember most, however, is the encouragement they provided.
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I began at CSB. The curriculum was so broad and so foreign. It did not take long for me to find a niche. I knew a couple of weeks into the semester that production was for me. Since graduating, I've done camera work for high school, NCAA, and NFL football games. I've worked a year as a full time videographer/editor for TSM News. I'm currently part of a production crew for Comcast Newsmakers. And, of course, I'm continuing my education at CSB.
Once again, I would like to thank everyone at CSB especially Ed Patrucci and Tom for their continued assistance and encouragement.