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 that will allow him to develop his career goals as he explores opportunities.
That hands-on education is what he was looking for. He has gained in-the-field audio and production experience working at MHTV (the student-run television station), CSN (Chippewa Sports Network) and ESPN events covering football, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. He's also adding to his portfolio social media management skills as he runs the Twitter and Instagram accounts for the club dodgeball team. Caleb is already discovering what makes an education here different.
"As a freshman you are put into roles where you can learn and develop your skills," he said. "Now I have bigger roles, and am teaching new students what I have learned."