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September 30, 2009

I'm a Star!

Well, not really.  That appellation may soon be more appropriate for my niece.  But I did actually get in front of the camera yesterday and perform.

Well, not really "perform," but I did have to actually say something and have it recorded.  That was frightening in and of itself.  But I blew everybody away with my talent!

Well, not really.  But they did say I was pretty good.

Maybe I should start at the beginning.

Our office is doing an online Master of Education in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling, formatted much like our other cohort programs but online instead of "in the field," so to speak.  Usually, for the face-to-face cohorts, we do at least two information sessions out in the school district for teachers to meet us and get some idea of what the program entails and whether or not it's for them.  Since this program is online, we don't have any information sessions.

So some idiot (and no, that's not an ironic reference to me, but an honest "I don't remember who it was" comment) spouted off and said "Hey, why not do a podcast information session!"  Thankfully, that got tempered down to just a relatively brief video detailing some of the application procedures and admission requirements.

I'm in charge of the MET program (another online Master's degree), but in the interest of keeping our chief cohort Senior Program Assistant (or SPA, as we like to call ourselves, maybe to help us relax?) sane, I agreed to help out by handling the admissions for the MVR3 cohort.  Thus, I got to be the one in the video!  Along with our director, who does the intro and talks a bit more about vocational rehab and how the program works.

I have to admit that I was very nervous.  It didn't help that, due to last minute "script" developments and me being very busy yesterday morning before filming, I didn't get the finalized words until 5 minutes before we were shooting.  Thankfully, we were able to work around that.  I also got to sit and watch Mark do his bits first, which helped relax me.  Finally, we ended up projecting the script up on the wall so I could kind of read along.  Our photographer insists that it didn't look like I was reading, but we'll see.

It was nerve-wracking, but we had a lot of fun doing it as well.  And after we were finished, I decided that I was glad that I had done it.  A little more preparation would have been nice, but we'll know better for next time.  And I kind of took to it (though I'm sure I still looked horrible on camera, despite both Sharon and Heather saying I looked great.  I'll believe it when I see it.

But despite that, I probably wouldn't be averse to doing it again.  It was fun, and kind of neat to realize that a video of me is going to be out there on the web.  I don't know when it's going to be posted, as it has to be edited and everything, but with an application deadline of December 1, it should be up soon.  It will be on the cohort page.

And my niece had better look out.  She may have some competition for becoming the imminent star in this family.


  1. When will we see you on TV? You could have your own show. I wish we could see it. I'm sure you did great.

  2. Like I said, it will be up on the web site at some point...if you can bear to see it. :P

  3. Please let me know when it's up and running. It will be nice to see you in action after all these years.

  4. I'll have to pre-approve it before I tell anybody about it. :P


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