My Experience with CAPSTONE and What it Taught Me as a Human Being

CAPSTONE, the culmination of a student's career at Shepherd University. An entire semester, putting as much time, effort, and resources into making one final impact on your major before graduation. Your project can have ramifications outside of your degree, it can be used outside of college to show your finest work you have done in a professional environment. It can be used as an example of what a successful CAPSTONE project is like. It can also impact its creator on a level of personal growth and understanding that can elevate them to be a better person.My project is a radio drama public service announcement (PSA) tackling depression, anxiety, as well as the rest of the spectrum of mental illnesses in a way to make it easier to discuss and not get into a educational argument with someone over. This project is all-inclusive and doesn't leave anyone in the dust. I made this project to help those who are fighting through...
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Heaven’s Pit, January 18th: Metal, friends, and a Proposal

On January 18th, I attended a metal concert at a location known as Heaven's Pit in Winchester, VA. My twin, Josh, is the drummer for a band called The Crownless, a reference to a quote in the popular TV series, Game of Thrones. This show was one for the ages because of the line-up of local bands in attendance, along with another big reason.Prior to this show, the guitarist, Cody, planned on proposing to his girlfriend, Rachel, and asked, Josh, the singer Tyler, and I to be a part of this monumental step in his life. I took the chance and said hell yes. I had never witnessed anyone proposing in person before and also wanted to support one of my close friends.During their set, a particular song they play, Wolf Pack, was up next on the set. This song particularly speaks about the love and wholeness of being together with friends and family that love and care for you...
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The Contemporary Arts Museum: A Playground for a lover of Abstract Art

Whenever my family visits Washington D.C., we always visit the normal spots: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum, and so on. I have always been curious about going the to Contemporary Arts Museum, but I would be the only one who would want to go. So, I did something about that.While on a trip to D.C. for a history class, we had time to kill after our initial visit to the Nation Archives, we just had to make it back to the Train Station before a certain time, or else we would be S.O.L. So, I decided to go to the place I longed to be. I Google Map'ed how to walk to the museum from the N.A. (it wasn't that far out of the way from the building).As Soon as I entered the West wing of the complex, I was in awe. There was a lot of art, pottery exhibits, vases, portraits, and much more stuff...
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Career Fair: Interest, Intrigue…and nothing for me

Ah the career fair. A time to look at and explore your options for possible jobs, internships, or just to talk to experts in the field about what to do to succeed, get ahead, or even just to prepare yourself for your future.I however, I am on the end of the pole where I already have a job where I am using the knowledge in my field to succeed. I got hired at WHAG and had actually worked a shift the day of the career fair. I showed up late in the afternoon, around 2ish, after working the noon show. I was there exploring and seeing who was there and what there was to offer.Unfortunately, it wasn't really much to look at in terms of communications. Re-examining the sheet of which companies, schools, and organizations where in attendance and what they were looking for, there wasn't much in the way of communications and media. I noticed two or three, but...
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Very Late Update Status

Missed the initial date to turn in this post, but I figured to write it out anyways. I got super busy and forgot about the post, then got even more busy and delayed it later and later.Anyways...My Capstone project got put up on SoundCloud for Prof. Williams to listen to over Spring Break and give me critique about it. I never got anything back from him. Which is perfectly ok. He is a busy man and has a lot to do.Other than that, it was work on my project as best as I could without the remarks and hope for the best on the Faculty Presentation....
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The Faculty Presentation: Thoughts and Ideas Moving Forward

After Monday, March 21st's faculty presentations of the Capstones projects, I am confident in myself going forward. It was very nerve wracking waiting around for my turn to present, but when I got up in front of the faculty, I was told to just go ahead and present my project (after dealing with the projector, which decided to have some difficulties). I didn't need it though. Hooray for an audio based project.After my presentation, Professor's Kevin Williams, Matt Kushin and Monica Larson discussed with me ways to improve upon my project. It boiled down to the major nit-picking stuff I have to work on yet, like balancing audio wave-forms and making sure it is all one cohesive level and doesn't sound quiet in the beginning and end up way louder (like during my presentation). I also was given an interesting outlook from Monica about the background music I used in the second proton of the piece, in which, the background says...
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Finer Details and New Job

After meeting with Prof Williams about my Radio drama, I am confident in saying I just have to nit-pick on the small details about the project to make it sound the best it can. I do have to make some pitch bends and edit placement of sound bits, but that's about the extent of my issues.I also got my business cards, but had to discuss them with customer service from VistPrint due to a small margin of white across the top of EVERY card that WAS NOT apart of the design. Venisha, the representative that took my inquiry, was very helpful and was able to get me a rush order of corrected cards. They should be delivered within the next three or so days.Now, to take care of making my portfolio and taking care of those small details. The next hurdles before presenting to the faculty. I am getting more and more excited for this presentation. . .but also nervous.Also,...
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Progress Report: 2/27/2016 STILL Working on Audio

  Well, I'm still chiseling away at making the second portion of the radio drama, and am working on my portfolio as my WordPress assignment (and subsequent project for Drupal) in advanced internet class. I have the voice track recorded, and discussed it with Kevin.   He said I did a very well done job with recording the audio and the tone of voice and tempo will further suit the piece when I get background music/sound.  There is one particular part that is subject to change in the audio, but it is minor and can be deleted from the piece entirely or kept in depending upon how it works with the background. It is a laugh I have in for when the monster is speaking/taunting the listener. Like I said, it is subject to either stay in or be removed. I asked Kevin about it and he said just play it by ear.Other than that, I am gonna just keep...
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Status Report: 2/21/2016 A Month from Faculty Presentation

Today is 2/21/2016. It is one exact month from the faculty presentation for our CAPSTONE projects. Time for a status report on how I'm doing on my project. There is a lot of work I have out of the way, but there is also some major components I still need to get working on.After meeting with Prof. Kevin Williams, I can confidently say I have a properly formatted script for my radio drama. I also have a ready to print design for business cards to sell myself to the world. I wouldn't have been able to get the design done without the help of suggestions and advice from a bunch of people in the communications department. Thank you all! You are awesome.However, with all the success, I do have the major parts to finish up. I need to record and mix the second half of the radio drama, as well as make my online portfolio. I will devote an entire...
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Depression, Anxiety,and my Radio Drama. . .Wait, What?

Speaking from personal experiences, Depression, anxiety, and the other multitudes of mental disorders are a hindrance on daily life and affect almost every aspect. These disorders vary in how they effect a person, but their damage is not something to take lightly. There has been a question floating around these disorders: are these emotional disorders, or cognitive? This has perplexed psychologists for years, but they also have been trying to come to a common conclusion. In 1991, Lauren B. Alloy of Temple University responded to a model presented by  David Barlow based around this question and offered her own suggestions as to what the answer could be, along with an opinion and thoughts on the Barlow Model and her research. Both Alloy and Barlow drew conclusions as towards Anxiety and Depression being similar and in most cases, even linked together by cognitive responses/influences. They also agreed that emotions and some outward forces are needed to trigger these and other similar...
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