Retha Hill came and spoke to some of us during a luncheon. She was told she could talk about “whatever.” Though the topic was broad and someone else could have made it boring, Retha decided to go more personal and share her Top 12 Life Tips (in no particular order).
Never leave opportunity or money on the table. “It’s all about the hustle. Never give up.”
Compete against yourself and not other people. Some people may try to pin you against others, but don’t fall for it.
Don’t be a lazy reporter — Understand the subject, get diverse sources, value the community that you are in and get to know folks.
“Why would the goal ever be to come out unscathed? I’ve learned more from getting my ass kicked than from triumphing.”— Tim McGuire (yes, I’m turning into quite the fan girl) during a class discussion about the future of news. No, we didn’t come up with an answer that will tell us what’s going to happen next, but I now believe that I have a strong say in the matter. (Spoiler alert: So do you!)
“Things that we don’t do are things that we haven’t thought of yet.”— Steve Elliott, editor of Cronkite News and director of CNS digital, discussing the opportunities available for graduate and undergraduate students who work there
I left my clunky SUV in Florida, and now I depend mainly on the Valley Metro light rail system and my own legs for transportation. My other supplementary means will be the university’s Zipcar program, city buses, taxis, rental cars (for longer trips) and a bike (currently researching which is the best one for my lifestyle).
While I shift from being a suburban commuter (50+ miles a day) to an urban pedestrian (usually within a 10-mile radius), I’m discovering that the process can be both liberating and oppressive. It’s liberating because I don’t have to worry about gas prices, insurance rates or parking spaces most days. It’s oppressive because I can’t be as spontaneous or careless with my schedule due to the fact that I depend on a system that doesn’t cater to my whims.
Insight from this experience will find its way to this site soon. I’ve already decided to chronicle my “Pedestrian Pet Peeves,” and once I buy my bicycle, I’ll add tidbits about that, too.