This week at Bucksmore, our academic subject was journalism. What was great about it was the variety we were able to experience during this time. We didn’t just sit in a classroom for two hours and take notes while listening to the teacher, we actually had the chance to discuss relevant topics in a group, develop our public speaking skills and get constructive feedback from our qualified and experienced teaching staff, such as Mr. Ian and Ms. Oanna, which I appreciated very much. Even though I only had one lesson about how to present something, I was able to learn so much from my teachers and am now much more aware of my body language during a presentation.
We had the chance to listen to a professional in the field of journalism, who took on the role as one of our guest speakers. It gave me an insight into the profession of a traditional journalist and I was able to take some core lessons with me.
One main aspect of this week was the project we were given to do with journalism. Our task was to get into groups, which we chose ourselves, elect a project manager who would represent our group and select a relevant topic in 2019 we wanted to report on. We chose to report on mental health and stress as we feel it is an important topic to raise awareness on. We were given tasks to complete each day, such as posting pictures of our topic on social media and writing 500 words about it in form of an article or blog. This was definitely challenging in a positive way, as we were given a lot to do in a short amount of time to complete it successfully. It strengthened my teamworking and -building skills, leadership and communication skills and my self-confidence, which was an important factor for me this week.
I can say that even though it seems like a such a short amount of time for the strengthening of such vital skills, Bucksmore has managed to teach me valuable life lessons in the academic field. When pursuing my further studies, I will remember what I have learnt here and hope to utilize it in the future. Thank you, Bucksmore!
Written by student Leonie Klein.