Voices of the Game
For my entire life, I have always enjoyed two things more than anything else: sports and talking. Unfortunately, when I was about 13 years old, I was exposed to the harsh reality that I was not going to be a professional athlete. Being that I loved sports so much and I had the ultimate “gift of gab,” I decided to devote myself to the next best career available – broadcasting. A year later, after bombarding my parents with questions of what college life was like for them and a little bit of research, I had determined that I would attend the University of Mount Union, just like them, so I could set myself up in the best position possible to achieve my dreams.
In high school, I signed up for just about anything that involved broadcasting and continued to learn as much as possible about sports by both playing and watching them. Then finally, the time had come. I graduated high school and scheduled classes for my first semester of college. As you know, every student has to select an FYS class. When scrolling through my options, one jumped off the screen for me: “Voices of the Game.” When I later received my schedule, I saw the professor for the course was Harry Paidas. My mom had told me a bit about Professor Paidas and raved about how good he was at his job and how much he truly cared for each student; and sure enough, she was right.
After the first day of class I was already convinced that this was going to be my favorite course I’d ever take at Mount; the rest of the days were just provided reassurance. If someone had strictly designed a class for me and a professor to teach it, this was it. I was getting graded to talk sports and learn about how to get better at what I loved. When each assignment was given, it would be the first thing I did when I got back to my dorm room that day. We learned about technique, styles, proper journalism ethics, the importance of credibility and the history of the field. I was like a kid in a candy store. Often the students would get to decide on their projects topics. The expectation was that if students could choose, they would work harder and hold more interest, resulting in a better end result, and that was exactly what happened.
Aside from my obvious obsession with the course, I noticed that other students thoroughly enjoyed it as well, despite the fact that they didn’t have the same career goals or major as me. The class was about a fun, interesting topic and taught by a professor who knows what he is doing. Anyone who enjoys or aspires to learn more about athletics, history, writing or public speaking would benefit from this class. It is also a course that you can look forward to after a long day of lectures and note taking. If there was a second level course for “Voices of the Game,” you can bet I would be the first of many students to sign up.