College is about more than learning to do a job. It’s about getting in touch with a career.
There is something to be said for internships, where a student gets to try on a company for size. This year, Penn State also offered a Founders Program that let some students experiment with entrepreneurship.
But sometimes, there is a class that gives you that same opportunity.
Last week, readers may have noticed that the Centre Daily Times offered glimpses of what was happening in Philadelphia as Pope Francis visited the United States. I hope you liked the stories, because they came from the next generation of journalists.
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Students from John Dillon’s news writing class often work with us to not just learn their craft in a classroom, but to try out their new-found skills in the real world and put their words into ink and Internet. It is a symbiotic relationship, a partnership that offers experience to them but also gives us fresh voices on the page.
Penn State has a lot to offer in this area.
Last year, College Magazine named the university as having the No. 2 journalism program in the country, ahead of Northwestern and Syracuse, among others. The College of Communications scored the Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Maybe all of those students won’t follow in the footsteps of some of their predecessors, making a career out of asking and answering questions. After all, learning is about seeing if this is the right fit.
But some of them will, and we are glad to have them.