Com students visit Washington, D.C.

By Kenneth Boyd, Contributing Writer

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I left for the Howard University Job fair thinking that there was nothing for me to learn. I just wanted to get away and hang with my peers. Boy was I wrong and happy that I was. There was so much to gain and see on this trip. From the city we call D.C. to the campus of Howard University, even the people on and around this trip had an impact on me.

Howard itself is something to see. The campus, students and faculty were great. Howard is a city campus, so things are situated in many different locales. It is wonderful if I may say so, and I do. I liked how all the Greeks had their spots in the middle of the main quad. Vendors sold snacks, hot dogs and all of kinds of other stuff right on campus. It was real student friendly.
The job fair — to me — was less impressive. The fair was very limited for a variety of reasons. Most companies participating in the fair told students to apply for jobs through their company websites. “I could have done this from home” is what most students said. I was very surprised that BET did not participate in the fair. It seemed odd that a black cable channel would be absent at a job fair for African American students.

I did speak with a VH1 rep and they told me that I might be able to land a summer internship. I also got a chance to network for our communication week.

The job fair sponsored a panel discussion on production that I found informative. I spoke to a person who spoke last year at CSU’s communication week. He told me I was on the right track and that I should not forget him when I graduate.

I also attended the Million More Movement march, which was held on the Washington Mall. With Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, and Minister Louis Farrakhan in attendance, how could you miss? Amazingly, the march on the mall did miss. At a time when blacks need some sort of compass to show direction, the march left you wanting. Many people didn’t even know about the event. My aunt, who happens to live in DC, had no clue about it until I told her about it the day of the march. Those who attended seemed less than focused on the matters at hand. There were more vendors than a county fair. You could grab a fish meal while shopping for Nikes and a mink coat.

The best part of the trip to me and what I was really wanting to do was get to know my peers. Justin Peeks, Brian Dickens, and I — all Communication majors —were already pretty good friends, but this trip cemented our friendship for life. 50 dollars for the trip. A lasting friendship. Priceless.


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