Not Goodbye, But…

Posted by admin on May 14, 2014
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Hey guys!

Can you believe it? I’m done with undergrad! All that is left to do is graduate on Saturday. Like, 3 days Saturday.

I remember move-in day so vividly. My mom and I pulled into a parking spot near Willow 43 and we were bombarded by current students. Within minutes, all of my stuff was piled into my tiny dorm room. All of the other girls were unpacking and meeting each other. It was a beautiful August day. Little did I know, some of those girls would become my closest friends, my current roommates, and unforgettable memories would be made that year.

Sophomore year brought new friends, harder classes and more memories. By junior year, I thought I knew everything. I had my friends, I lived in an apartment and I was going to study abroad in Ireland. Now, I’m about to pack back up and move away from this beautiful, waterfront campus that I have called home the past four years.

I’ve been so reflective the past few weeks. Walking around campus isn’t just a normal thing. I look at every building, every student, every professor with such admiration and appreciation. I’ve loved this place so much. I’ve been so genuinely happy here.

Roger, seriously, I cannot thank you enough. You’ll always have a piece of my heart.

Also, I have good news everyone. I have a job! I’ll be at marlo marketing/communications in Boston starting June 2nd. A thousand thank yous to everyone that helped me get there!

Shout out to my journalism classmates and professors and my admissions family. I love you all!

It’s not goodbye. It will never be goodbye.

I’ll see you soon.

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Spring!

Posted by admin on April 21, 2014
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I’m so sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted. I have been so busy! Trust me, everyone thinks graduating seniors get lazy and start to slack off, but nope. Here at Roger, the work is still piling up and I plan on finishing strong!

It’s springtime!

I hesitated typing that because in New England you really never know. On Wednesday I woke up to find snow on the ground so… But for now, today, it is nice out. I have opened windows. Friday was Good Friday so we did not have classes. I went to a store in Cranston to find a dress for Commencement Ball! Ahhhhh! Ball is on May 10th and I am sooo excited. I got a beautiful dress that you will eventually see pictures of (think: Greek goddess). This “college prom” is kind of the last hoorah before graduation. It’s in Providence and will be SO FUN!

Speaking of graduation…

Graduation is in less than a month! Last week I went to the bookstore to pick up my cap and gown. I nearly died.  On one hand, I am so excited for graduation. It is such an awesome achievement and I am very proud of myself. I know my future will be filled with many more fun adventures. On the other hand, I am sad to leave RWU. It has been my home the past four years.

I had the privilege of being enrolled in challenging classes taught by experienced and educated professors. I joined clubs and attended events that showed me a bond like no other. I lived with and met so many unique people that have all touched my life in different ways.

Not to get too sappy but RWU offered me true, genuine happiness, and that is priceless. I am SO grateful.

Future update: I am still sending my resume out. I try to send out one a day. I had an interview last week in Boston and I think it went well (fingers crossed). Wish me luck!! Enjoy the nice weather while you can.

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Spring Semester Beginnings

Posted by admin on February 04, 2014
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Spring semester is underway! I’m taking four classes which is awesome because I’ve always taken five. Now, I have more time to work, do homework, and job search. Realistically, I’ll be reading books on my new Kindle, but hey. To any readers out there looking for a book to read, I HIGHLY recommend the Divergent series. It is similar to the Hunger Games, if that is any indication into how beautiful the series is. Since I’m already speaking of books, this semester I’m taking a Web Development class where I will have to make my own website using my own domain and HTML and stuff. I don’t really know how any of that works so I’m wicked excited. We’re just in the beginning stages but my idea is to make a site about young adult novels. I’d have info about the books, authors, reviews, movie trailers, and a discussion forum. We’ll see. Do you like that idea?

Last semester I took a photography class and a sound editing/mixing class, and I loved them both, so this semester I’m taking what I consider the next step in both. I’m in Advanced Photojournalism and Advanced Sound Editing. I’m excited to practice my skills some more, learn new techniques and try to perfect my overall production quality. Last but not least, I’m taking my journalism capstone course. All of us journalism seniors are in it together, which is awesome because we’ve known each other from the beginning, but it’s also sad because we all know we’re about to be kicked out in the real world. In capstone, we’ll be building an online portfolio. I already have my own (www.nichollebuckleymedia.com) but I plan on adding more content throughout the semester.

Of course, I’m still working in Admissions. It’s almost my three year anniversary! Willie and I were both the first freshmen tour guides to start and we’re still there today. Over the winter, we reminisced and could not believe how fast time has flown by. I’ll miss all of my coworkers and the counselors. They’ve helped me succeed throughout my college career and made me feel at home in the office. I’m especially thankful for all the lessons in professionalism from Jessica Winthrop-Oney, my boss, because we all know I can be a little silly. Thanks to her, I’m still a rockstar but on a more professional level. Side note: I gave a tour on Saturday, and throughout my tour guide career my spiel has slightly changed, but not too much. On Saturday, though, I realized I was more reflective. Like, “I’ve had the best time here, I’m extremely sad to graduate, I wish you all luck in finding the same amazing new home that I was lucky enough to find for myself,” etc, etc. I hope they come to Roger because it’s the best!

In terms of my future, *sigh,* I’ve applied to a few jobs here and there. Nothing yet, but time will tell. It’s no longer on the back of my mind. I’d say it’s more to the side. The other side is consumed with thoughts about senior events and commencement ball and all that fun stuff.

Anyway, try to stay warm and good luck shoveling tomorrow! Major snowstorm headed our way.

Finals Are Here!

Posted by admin on December 13, 2013
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It’s crunch time! Tuesday was the last day of classes. Yesterday was “Reading Day,” which is a day entirely to ourselves to study, read and prepare for finals. Typically I sleep in late then enjoy a cup of tea while mentally making a list of all I need to accomplish. So far, my final photo project is complete and we presented our podcast for Dynamics of Sound. Tomorrow I’ll do Scully’s final and then I have a paper due and another due Monday. Sounds stressful but I’m actually not too worried. I’m pretty good at time management and staying ahead of the game.

Once again I am going to discuss how fast time is flying by. I know, I know. Typical, but seriously! My last fall semester is over. I only have one more semester of my college career. Five more classes. So exciting and simultaneously terrifying. I’ve made accounts on Monster, Media Bistro, Indeed, Career Builder, Journalism Jobs, etc. All those job search sites that advertise openings. I spend some time surfing those sites a few times a week before I get too overwhelmed and go do something else. Is that bad? I’ll probably have to break that habit one day.

Anyway, things at Roger have been going well. It snowed Tuesday and some of it stuck so it looks pretty. I do not enjoy the freezing cold wind that Roger brings! I’ll be around during Winter Intercession taking my Senior Seminar class so I’ll let you know then how cold it really gets. Yay for winter in New England! I’ll also be working nights in the Admissions Office.

Remember that oyster video my classmates and I made for the conference in Washington? Last weekend was the 40th anniversary celebration of the Marine Bio program on campus. We were invited to attend and showed our video. It was super exciting because the president was there, his wife, former and current faculty members, alumni, donors, and so on; a room full of VIPs and fresh RWU oysters were served! I tried them for the first time – liked but did not love them.

Anyway, I have to get back to the books!

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Off to Washington!

Posted by admin on November 06, 2013
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This past week, with Professor Michael Scully and four of my fellow classmates, I attended the Planet Forward conference at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. We flew out of T.F. Green on Tuesday around 2 p.m. only to arrive in Baltimore 59 minutes later.

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When we entered baggage claim there was a man with an electronic message on his tablet reading “Michael Scully.” Yes, we had a driver waiting for us! It took less than an hour to get to our hotel in Dupont Circle. We dropped our stuff off before walking towards the White House.

The last time I was in DC, I was 8 years old. I was so excited to be back considering my political knowledge and cultural literacy has grown since I was a child. My friend Chris, and fellow journalism major, spent last semester in DC with the Washington Internship Institute and interning at CBS, so he was ecstatic to be back. He was pointing out every street and every building explaining what it was. He was like a little kid on Christmas.

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We went to dinner at a restaurant called Vapiano. It was delicious. We called it an early night and went to bed knowing the next day was going to be a big one!

Scully met us in our hotel lobby on Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. We walked over to the Jack Morton Auditorium and checked-in. The Feeding The Planet Summit began sharply at 8:30 a.m. I was already loving it because they asked us to tweet using the hashtag #FoodFWD. Yes, tweeting during a professional conference. I kind of love it.

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One of the first speakers was Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc (who we later ate lunch with). The question to be discussed was how we would feed 9 billion people in 2050 and beyond. We also discussed climate change, innovation, GMOs and NGOs.

Other speakers included:
-Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The GWU
-Dennis Dimick, the Executive Environment Editor at National Geographic Magazine
-Amy Harmon, Pulitzer Prize winner at The New York Times
-Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco

And many more, BUT the highlight of the day was when our video was shown. Since the moment we all arrived on campus late this summer, we’ve been producing a video about oyster farming in Rhode Island. The star was Heather Kinney, a senior at Roger who works out by the learning platform with the oyster cages. The expert was Dale Leavitt, professor of marine biology, and the big-picture guy was Kyle Hess who owns his own oyster farm off of Hog Island.

Read the PDQ article: http://pdq.rwu.edu/news/oysters-video-lands-journalism-students-%E2%80%98planet-forward%E2%80%99-dc

AND watch it!!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mko92AoC1E

Producing it was a lot of work. We spent hours filming b-roll, interviewing, taking photos, story-boarding, editing using Final Cut, researching and preparing. I got to practice my journalism skills and learn about a topic I normally wouldn’t find interest in.

Overall, the experience was so rewarding and fun. Working closely with my peers allowed me to learn. Professor Scully was a great mentor. Frank Sesno welcomed us to D.C. with open arms (cliche, I know). The biggest honor was representing RWU. I hope we made you proud!
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Time is Flying!

Posted by admin on October 15, 2013
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How are we already in week eight? This is insane!! Time needs to slow down. Seriously. I know I say it all the time and I apologize for being a broken record but this year has been so awesome. Abroad in Ireland, internship in NYC, now I’m a senior. I swear once a day someone asks me what my plans are after graduation. I’m sorry guys, but I don’t know yet! Don’t worry though, I do think about it. I know I have to job search. It’s overwhelming and slightly terrifying.

To avoid major anxiety, I’m focusing on the “now.” I LOVE my classes. This semester I am finally finishing up my minor in Anthropology/Sociology. Urban Sociology with Professor Patch is my favorite. I am so glad I was thrown to the wolves during my internship in NYC because it forced me to open my eyes and stay aware. Now, I have a much better understanding of cities (more than I had before anyway, which was nothing). In Urban Sociology, we’re discussing what types of people live in cities, why they live there, how cities are set up physically and socially, urbanism and urbanization. The theorists who have researched this stuff came to some fascinating conclusions and almost every class my mind wanders back to NYC.

Another super fun class is Dynamics of Sound. It’s a new class this semester and it’s categorized under Special Topics. Professor Russo teaches at a couple other nearby schools and I’m so glad he’s at Roger now. We use this software called Reaper to play with sound, essentially. We can change the volume of certain sections or pan from right to left. We’ve made short audio pieces and longer news packages. It’s a lot of fun (if you’re into nerdy, technical stuff like me).

A couple weeks ago we held our first Open House of the year. As an Admission Ambassador (tour guide), I mingled in the gym with families checking out the sports and club tables and also gave a couple quick tours around campus. It was a lot of fun, especially since I hadn’t given a tour since before I went abroad. I forgot how cool it was to share my experience and my love for Roger with perspective students and families. I like to think, and I hope, the personal stories I share with them sort of touch their heart (God, that was so corny).

Also a couple weeks ago, the senior journalism majors were invited by the RWU President’s wife, Maia Farish, to attend the Rhode Island Public Radio Gala in Providence. Tom Ashbrook from NPR’s On Point spoke with NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. She was such a cool woman. She told one story about how she was interviewing a terrorist in Trinidad and Tobago who, after their chat, rolled down his car window and said, “I know you think I’m a terrorist but can I give you a ride to your hotel?” How cool is that?! And yes, he genuinely just gave her a ride. I hope my life is that cool one day.

Last week, Roger had the common reading author Nathaniel Philbrick come speak. The common reading was his book “Mayflower.” For 10th grade honors English I had to read his other book “In the Heart of the Sea.” When I found out he was the common reading author I felt like my life had come full circle. Ya know? 10th grade…my passion for writing was blossoming…and now, I’m a journalist. Right? Anyway, I thought it was awesome! He spoke exclusively to journalism students beforehand and was such an inspiration. He hadn’t written a speech and he didn’t sound like a broken record. He spoke from within. He gave us advice on writing and life. It was just such a special treat.

Time has been flying by. I’m trying to savor every minute of every day. On a side note, remember in my last post I spoke about some exciting things going on? I can’t tell you quite yet but I will in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!

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Back to Campus

Posted by admin on September 17, 2013
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We are already three weeks into senior year. Did I just say senior year? In college? I’m graduating in eight months? I have to join the “real world?” I’m not sure how I feel about that. I loved my summer at the Daily News but it was not easy. Thinking about doing that for the next 40+ years is extremely scary, especially since the last 21 years of my life have been so amazing. What if it’s never this awesome ever again?! The last eight months have been a gift. A gift I’m not sure I even deserved. A blessing. Life-changing. I went to Ireland for 4 months and then NYC for 3 months. Now I’m back at one of my favorite places in the world, Roger Williams. I’m a senior. I have wonderful friends. I live in a beautiful house off campus (with three girls I lived with freshman year in Willow). I love my classes and adore my professors. Life is pretty damn good.

Since the semester has started, I’ve been seeing a lot of faces I haven’t seen since December or before. Reunions = happiness. Two have stuck out in my mind. Two people I met freshman year and have stayed in touch with. An advisor and a professor. People I look up to and respect. People who have gotten to know me, my struggles, my dreams. Anyway, they both said to me that I’ve changed. I’m different. They noticed right away. I’m confident. I’m an adult. I’m a woman. I know who I am. I figured it out. Hearing that from them was better than any paycheck, any byline, anything. It was real.

I know I’m only 21. I know I do not have it all figured out, but if you rewinded my life exactly eight months, you would see a different person. Still me, someone I like. But me now…not to sound cocky, but I love me now! All thanks to a semester abroad and an internship. Two things I couldn’t have gotten without Roger Williams University.

There are a lot of exciting things happening in my life that I can’t tell you about quite yet but I promise you’ll hear soon. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with stalking Anthony Weiner or sitting in on murder trials, but don’t worry, I keep things exciting :)

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Week 10

Posted by admin on August 16, 2013
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I don’t want to write this post. This post is the conclusion, the reflection, the denouement, the end. The thank you. The goodbye. I’m done with my internship at the New York Daily News.

Yes, I’m done waking up at 5:30 a.m. everyday. I’m done melting in the subway. I’m done memorizing the location of every Starbucks so I can find a bathroom.

But, I’m also done working with some of the best people in the business. I’m done covering murder trials, arraignments, and press conferences. I’m done stalking public figures by sitting on the curb outside their house for hours.

What I’ll remember most:

  • Seeing photos of Sylvie Cachay’s dead body,
  • A few weeks later hearing that the defendant was found guilty (I knew it all along),
  • Appearing on national TV by standing next to Anthony Weiner,
  • Telling a widower that his dying wife fought really hard to live after a tree crushed her and their baby,
  • Meeting a mom after her daughter had been shot but was still alive, only to see her again later that day after the girl had died,
  • Being torn between two sides: the family of the dead 4 year old or the 17 year old that didn’t mean to hit her with his car and was being abused in jail,
  • Getting yelled at for the first time by an editor,
  • Seeing my byline in a paper read by over half a million people.
  • And lots more.

I’m a different person after this experience. For the better? I hope. I may be a little desensitized, but I know for a fact I am a better, more confident, more tenacious reporter and journalist. This internship did not make me step outside of my comfort zone; it threw me out on my butt with no one there to help me back up. I cried more than once and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I may say I hated it at times, because I did, but overall I loved it. I felt like I had a purpose. I was a part of a big industry working around a small group of people on the streets.

How am I supposed to go back to being a student?! Life was so unpredictable and exciting (and often terrifying). At RWU, I’m safe, comfortable and so happy. Interning at the NY Daily News often made me feel the opposite of those feelings, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

No amount of words would ever be able to convey my gratitude and appreciation for the people who made this internship what it was.

Morning Assignment Editor Jill Coffey, you are an angel. Managing News Editor Gersh Kuntzman, I learned more from you in the 5 minutes you edited that mockingbird story with me than I ever could in a classroom. Dad, you welcomed me aboard your commute, listened to my stories, gave me (sometimes unwarranted) advice, and comforted me when I needed it most.

My biggest thank you goes out to RWU Journalism Professors Michael Scully and Paola Prado. I legitimately would not be here without you. I don’t know where I would be. I was able to survive this internship because of what the both of you have taught me. I am the journalist I am because of you two. The passion you exhibit while teaching, the fire I feel inside of you, the experience you have, the lessons and stories you’ve shared, and your clear, genuine desire for us (your students) to succeed, is… Well, awesome.

My advice to aspiring journalists or any intern out there: DON’T give up. Don’t get discouraged. Most importantly, don’t forget who you are and where your heart is in this mess we call the “real world.”

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Week 9

Posted by admin on August 05, 2013
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It is so hard to believe that next week is my final week interning at the New York Daily News. It’s bittersweet.

I will miss the unpredictability of where I will be sent everyday. I will miss the camaraderie among reporters and photographers from different organizations on the street. I will miss seeing my byline in a paper that is viewed by over 500,000 people.

I won’t miss waking up at 5:30 a.m. everyday. I won’t miss running around a hot, crowded city using the hot, crowded subway.

I’ll save the rambling for next week’s post when I’m officially done! I’m honestly just avoiding talking about how I spent more time hanging out outside of Anthony Weiner’s last week. Everyone’s wondering if he is going to drop out or stay in the race. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

A stakeout can get pretty boring. We waited all day for him to come out and comment, but he bolted to his car without saying a word. It’s disappointing. It is funny, however, to see people’s reactions when they hear who we’re waiting for. Some people will stop and take a photo of us on their iPhone. I feel like an animal in a zoo!

On Monday night, a 17-year-old girl was walking home from work at McDonald’s when suddenly a man attacked her from behind and stabbed her 11 times. No one seemed to know why. It took the ambulance 20 minutes to get to her. In the end, she lost her spleen and a vein from her leg was moved to her arm, but yes, she lived! Her mom heard her screaming and ran down to help. The girl said, “Mommy, I’m dying,” so her mom slapped her in the face to keep her awake. She was turning white.

When I got to the scene Tuesday morning, no one had cleaned up the blood. It was everywhere. The ground, the stairs, the door. Her handprint was clearly visible on a nearby parked car. It was hard to look at. Knowing it was fresh. From someone so young.

On Friday, I was outside the home of Stephen Close. Earlier in the week, he was on a first date with a girl named Jennifer. She went out on her 17th floor balcony to have a smoke and leaned on the edge. For some reason, it collapsed and she fell to her death. She landed on scaffolding below. Many residents heard the thud. Stephen was reportedly hysterical, telling people his friend fell. It was obvious that foul play was not the case. The railing clearly caved in. The woman was 35 years old. So scary, right? She was a successful business woman. I guess we just never know when we are going to die.

Sorry to end on such a depressing note. I was talking to other reporters on Friday. They were saying how this job makes you so desensitized, but “if it bleeds, it leads,” right?

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Week 8

Posted by admin on July 30, 2013
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I’m famous!!!

Not really, but let’s pretend.

Last week, I spent two days standing outside Anthony Weiner’s apartment building hoping he’d come out and speak to the press: the Daily News, the Post, CNN, Inside Edition, 1010 Wins, People magazine, all the local news stations. We were congregating, until he actually did come out, then we were bombarding him like children after the piñata breaks. He spent 3 minutes answering some questions and then got in a cab. He didn’t say anything revealing or shocking, but it was better than nothing. I transcribed my notes and sent them in.

Now Weiner can join my list of famous people I’ve met along with Alec Baldwin, Nancy Kerrigan, and Andy Grammar (I met Nancy when she asked for help finding wart remover in a Walgreens). Anyway, my photographer got an awesome shot of the crowd. Check it out!

There I am in pink. Right up close and personal (not too personal!!!!).

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When I was standing next to him, I noticed the cameras were right across from me. The big lights shining. They were rolling. And I was staring into a small, black box that actually contained millions of little people. There I am, on TV, standing right next to Anthony Weiner. Staring at him as he speaks. Because of the angle, you can’t see my iPhone recording. I could’ve very well been his wife standing there for support! Or the 23-year-old woman he had an online relationship with. In all actuality, people watching probably didn’t think twice about me or who I was, but I saw me, and my friends and family and colleagues saw me. I got calls and texts, tweets and Facebook posts. In my little world, I was famous!!!!!

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Pretty cool, right? Well, I think it is! He could be the next mayor of NYC! (Maybe)

Would you vote for Anthony Weiner?

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