As a high school senior, Caleb Frank thought he had an idea what a college education would be like.
Then, he got to CMU.
"I envisioned it being a lot of classwork and taking notes from a PowerPoint," he said. "Here, at CMU, they really emphasize getting experience."
Caleb, who plans to major in broadcast and cinematic arts, was drawn to CMU by the BCA program, which is the only one of its kind with two student-run radio stations and an award-winning student news television program.
"I'm not really sure what I want to do, and I want a major that is broad and gives me a lot of options for a potential career," he said.
He's getting experience as a freshman that will allow him to develop his career goals as he explores opportunities.
That hands-on education is what he was looking for. So, he popped his head in at Moore Hall Television, the student-led TV station on campus. He was greeted with an opportunity.
"I just stopped in to see what it was about, and they threw me right in. I act, I work with video and audio, and I do a little bit of everything," he said.
Not even a full semester into his time at CMU, Caleb is already discovering what makes an education here different.
"I wasn't expecting to be as involved as I am, especially as a freshman. It's getting you practice for the real world," he said. "You can go to class and do well, but if you don't go out in the field and do things, it's hard to get anywhere career wise."