COJO & College GameDay
College GameDay recently came to South Dakota State University and gave COJO students an experience they will not forget. Tom Rinaldi and Gene Wojciechowski, two ESPN College GameDay reporters, stopped over to Yeager Hall with Drew Gallagher to sit down and talk to several communication and journalism students about their exciting careers and what it's like to report for College GameDay.
Other communication and journalism students were able to work directly with ESPN by helping throughout campus for several College GameDay needs.
What is your major?
"My major is Communication with a Speech Education Specialization."
Why that major?
"I chose Speech Education because I enjoy helping students use communication to share their personal passions and interests. Specifically, I am interested in teaching high school journalism and speech."
What is your most memorable experience at SDSU?
"One of my most memorable experiences was competing at the national speech tournament in Alabama. I learned so much during that week and can now say I feel competent to step into the role of a speech coach at a high school! I also will never forget the experiences I have had working at KSDJ. I've met some of the best people working there and have had fantastic opportunities to grow within the broadcast field."
What has been your favorite class so far?
"I took Small Group Communication with Dr. Westwick and it truly taught me the most efficient way to work in a small group setting. I honestly think anyone from any major would benefit from this course."
What internship(s) have you completed?
"I was an intern at KSFY, I interned at Brookings High School with their speech and theatre groups and I am now student teaching."
What do you love most about being a COJO student?
"I love the connections I have been able to make with the faculty and students at COJO. Everyone is very collaborative and wants each other to be successful."
What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
"Currently, I am involved in Jackrabbit Forensics and KSDJ. Throughout my time with COJO I was also involved in Journalism Club and worked at Yeager Media Center."