The Final Thoughts on a Successful Semester

After switching my major to Communication Studies, I knew that I wanted to take courses that would challenge and require me to be more creative. I knew that I wanted to take courses that would allow me to expand on and strengthen my communication skills; technologically, visually and interpersonally. Media Production I permitted me to do all the above.

The course has helped further my communication skills by enabling me to create messages that can be understood in a variety of different ways. Rather than communicating my thoughts verbally I am able to translate them in a technical manner. Through this I can compile them together and use different programs, such as Final Cut Pro and Garageband to create a completely new project from a few images or videos. The incredible thing is that there are multiple softwares that provide the perfect tools to assist one in bringing their vision to life. Technologically, I have strengthened my communication skills by making connections and networking with people through different platforms, such as Soundcloud, Youtube and Twitter. Through this I have reached different audiences. I have also improved by creating my own website and posting my work for the world to see.

There are many ways to tell a story without having to verbally speak. One way is to do it visually and still communicate my desired message through the images and videos I capture. For instance, in my ‘A Day in the Life’ project, I took a multitude of actions shots and then placed them in a specific order by doing this I was able to tell a story of what life is like for a football player. The course has fortified my communication skills visually by providing me with an outlet to bring my vision to reality without any restrictions. The course lets me implement my artistic nature visually into everything that I do, and I love the sense of freedom that comes along with it.

When it comes to media production, interpersonal skills are extremely important. In many instances I had to step out of my comfort zone which is something I seldom do, however, I learned a lot through the process. For example, I had to ask people for interviews, photos or video of them, something I would have never done. Interpersonally, I have become more patient when approaching someone, but through this I was also able to develop my communication skills. I became an active listener by listening to individuals audio and adjusting it. I learned to be more responsible, motivated and patient when it comes to producing any project, and lastly to provide myself with plenty of time to finish. Interpersonally, I navigated through different approaches but they have all taught me to work effectively and efficiently.

Throughout my Media Production course I was able to develop skills that I once thought were impossible to achieve. I was given the incredible opportunity to conduct interviews, work on my communication skills, learn new programs, produce videos and create my own website to showcase all my work. Looking back many of the projects were time-consuming, but through it all I learned a great deal of information. I strengthened my communication skills; technologically, visually and interpersonally in one semester. If I can learn and grow this much in a short amount of time, I am thrilled to see what my future holds.


Music Embedded in the Community

St. Mary’s music students and Robert Cruhm presents the String Ensemble Recital for students and faculty members. The recital occurred on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Treadway hall. The program included a variety of different ensembles by different composers. The students passion and dedication for each piece that was played was prevalent throughout the recital hall. The program ended with the audience applauding the students efforts.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Isac Perez is a political science and criminal justice double major at St. Mary’s University. Isac attributes his baking skills to his mother and grandmothers who have taught him to cook and bake. In the video, Isac is baking a delicious strawberry cheesecake for his friends.


  • 1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 1/2 8 oz cream cheese packages
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 condensed milk
  • 2 cups of cut strawberries


Pre-heat oven to 350F. Once oven is ready place pre-made pie crust into the oven for 5-7 minutes. In a large bowl add 2.5 softened cream cheese blocks, 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, 3/4 condensed milk and blend until the mixture has a thick and smooth consistency. Next, pour your mixture into the pie crust and position back into the oven for 40-60 minutes or until baked. Next, place strawberries on cheesecake and set the cheesecake in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

The choices two college students make in their day

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01 – Norma’s urgency to pick a snack results in her pressing E6 on the vending machine.
02 – When a craving strikes a busy college student, Norma turns to M&M’s to calm down her desire for a delicious snack.
03 – Norma devours the chocolatey taste of an M&M which she described as the best thing she’s tasted all day.
04 – Madeline’s love for reading always gravitates her to her school’s, Little Free Library stand. Here she is able to discover a new book to read each time.
05 – From a lower angle, Madeline is focused on a new book she has decided to take home to read.

Get to Know Us

Top Row (Left to Right):

Michaelangelo Betancourt

Alejandro Beltran Del Rio

Fourth Row (Left to Right):

Jocelyn Alvarez Bibian

Sofia Natalia Ruescas

Alyssa N. Vela

Middle Row (Left to Right):

Brandon F. Villarreal

Jonier Gutierrez

Maria D. Esquivel

Second Row (Left to Right):

Renee N. Padilla

Alice L. Thane

Janice Rodriguez

Bottom Row (Left to Right):

Victoria M. Valle

Samantha G. Schulte

Paul H. Pruski

Not Pictured:

Norma G. Espinoza