Jennifer Connell Thrives Under Deadline Pressures
Jennifer Connell likes her coffee any way except one: with chocolate. The busy journalism major and pre-law minor stays busy every day so she needs that helpful caffeine lift. Not only is she working at The Wayne Stater as the editor-in-chief, but the senior from Springview also works as a navigator for the Admissions office, is involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, and serves as the mass communication tutor for the Holland Academic Success Center.
Small classes at Wayne State College allow students to get a taste of real world experience. That was the case for Jennifer, who started her sophomore year writing stories for The Wayne Stater while in news writing class. Her junior year she was the news editor.
“Writing and editing have always been my strong suits, so being a journalism major just combined two of my favorite things. There’s always something going on around campus and being in this major gives me a chance to know so much more about the college,” Jennifer says. Tuesday nights at The Wayne Stater allows those in room 401 of the Humanities building a taste of the “real world” each week as they race against the deadline to get the paper out the next day.
Jennifer gives prospective students tours, dishing out facts about what makes WSC an awesome place. She can tell you that Bowen Hall is the tallest building in Northeast Nebraska, all black and white printing on campus is free, and roughly half the students at WSC study education.
Speaking of education, last year Jennifer and the majority of The Wayne Stater staff went to Chicago for the College Media Association conference.
“The experience was eye-opening. There were so many people who were really passionate about journalism and that by itself provided a huge learning experience. So much of journalism is moving to the internet and the conference focused on ways to get school newspapers through social media,” Jennifer says.
Journalism is just one of Jennifer’s passions. With a wide selection of minors at WSC you can’t go wrong with any one of them. Declaring a minor won’t break the bank because of the affordable tuition costs. Taking communication law her junior year gave Jennifer an interest in how the legal system works. Sparks flew and another passion was born.
When Jen is not under pressure to meet deadlines or doing homework you can find her hanging out with friends, watching re-runs of the TV series Friends, going for a run, or curling up with a good book, with a coffee in hand.