Translating School into Reality

  • Posted on: 23 November 2016
  • By: Pretti

When I was placed with mindyourmind for my practicum, I was very excited to be working with an organization that focuses on wellness initiatives. As a student in the Media & Public Interest program at Western University, I spend much of my school time learning about the media’s role in issues of public and social interest. Mental health and wellness plays into a large part of what I study and what I’m interested in learning more about.

Bringing my own experiences into Be Change is an exciting juxtaposition between theoretical concepts of media and practical technologies. It is a new opportunity for me to take what I have studied and turn it into something more concrete.

Be Change is a whole new adventure, unlike anything I have ever taken part in before. When I think about what I can bring to the table, I look at the university environment around me and contemplate what is needed. Apart from the critical theories I learn and the media skills I have gained along the way, I think the student experience is what I can best deliver to this platform.

Media programs teach you to be critical of everything around you. By taking this critical perspective, it is easy to identify the gaps in wellness resources around the university community that stem from the institution itself. I hope that I can bring ideas and techniques into Be Change that reflect the need in my community. I want to be able to bring my student experience, and the experiences of others my age to help Be Change connect with the right people to help make a change and I am excited for others in the future to be able to do the same!