As a little girl, Dana Whyte knew she wanted to be a reporter when she grew up.
Soon after she arrived at Central Michigan University, she walked past the television studio of News Central 34 in Moore Hall and pictured herself working and learning there.
"I knew, automatically, that's what I wanted to do," said Whyte, a senior from Lincoln Park, Michigan.
Opportunities to learn outside the classroom set CMU apart. In Whyte's case, the studio became her classroom.
Just like the CMU Herbarium became a classroom for Grace Forthaus, a junior from St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in biology.
And like Technical Services became a classroom for Gerald Smith, a senior information systems major from Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Their three stories kick off the new CMU video series "My Classroom," where going beyond the lecture hall makes all the difference.