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Ball State Trip Puts Lewis Cass In Perspective

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Being a part of the journalism class, I have always thought of journalism team as just my other friends and classmates. I never thought twice about getting closer with them, hanging out with them, or getting to know them better in general. I had always assumed that all of the other journalism classes around the state were pretty similar. The trip to Ball State and my experience at J-Day changed all of that.

When I woke up on that Friday, I was expecting it to be just as any other school field trip. Once we arrived at Ball State, I was pretty surprised to see how many people were at J-Day. Personalities ranged from what I perceived to be the “dedicated” kids, to the kids that were there to just get out of school. Sadly, I think that a lot more of the kids that didn’t care to pay attention was present than those that did.

We were required to go to at least one class. Looking at the list of classes we could attend, I wasn’t really interested in a lot of the topics. I originally was wanting to go to the sports writing seminar, but I realized everybody was going to that one and I wasn’t going to hesitate to be a little different. McKayla Thompson and I attended the team building seminar. The class was very short, and almost none of it could be applied to our class. Despite it seeming as if we learned nothing, it put into perspective the size of Lewis Cass compared to some of the other schools present.

The class highlighted a lot of things and activities journalism teams would use to get to know one another. A lot of kids were speaking about ways they met and became friends with pretty much everybody in the class within the first couple weeks of school. Now being at Lewis Cass, everybody knows everybody. Chances are that a person will know everybody in his class and he’s probably good friends with a decent amount of them too. That was not the case for these other schools. The kids of the other schools had never seen some of the kids in their class before despite going to school with them since kindergarten. The thought was sort of surreal to think about not knowing the name of or remembering the face of every single person you walk by in the hallway.

Although the classes may not have been very long and the messages may not have been very applicable to us, an underlying message was still present. A lot of schools in Indiana can have upwards of 800 students in a graduating class. Some kids at those school may hear somebody’s name being called at their graduation that they have never heard before. After this mind-opening experience, I think I am going to start appreciating the size of my school and the individuality that I receive a lot more.

 

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