On September 9th I was given the opportunity to go back to my alma mater and speak to a group of broadcast meteorology students. The group of less than twenty are aspiring TV meteorologist who are taking a workshop in which they get to practice on the chroma key and learn all the basics of what it takes to be a on-air weather person. I took this same class when I attended Western Kentucky University.
Being back in the same studio where I studied and practiced doing weather for our campus television station almost brought me to tears. The chroma key was larger and the news desk was completely different from what it used to be. I had a lot of good memories and made great friends while I was a student there.
After the professor took a few moments to show me the updates around the studio we all gathered in the weather center for my presentation. I took about 20 minutes to explain how I got into the business, what it’s like for me now, and offer advice on getting into the business. I presented some of my recent on-air weathercasts and then helped to critique them individually as they practiced giving a forecast on the green screen.
Returning to campus after 4 years of being graduated was very nostalgic. I visited with my old roommate, toured part of the campus, ate at my favorite on-campus burrito place, sampled from the new frozen yogurt shop, parked in a completely new parking garage, and shopped in the newly renovated bookstore. So much has changed in the past few years. It was hardly the campus I remembered but all of the changes were definitely upgrades. I was jealous of the students that could now visit a Panda Express on campus, grab a pre-made burger from a bin sitting under a heat lamp, indulge in frozen yogurt and more importantly use a credit card to get a decent parking space closer to campus. Those are only minor things I suppose ;)