Bryan's Daily Chicago Blog: Day 4


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Saturday: Our last day in Chicago. It took less than a week for me to fall completely in love with this city and all that it has to offer. Being in the heart of the city, in walking distance to so many interesting tourist spots and dining experience was just a sensory overload that I, although I have been to the city a few times before, can’t begin to describe how deep my sorrow runs to have returned to Jacksonville. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret my choice of JU. Because of JU I’ve now been to three of these conferences. As far as that goes, I’ve grown so much as a leader and a person because the University has put it’s faith and support behind me, and I could not be more grateful. Saturday unfortunately didn’t host as many workshops I wanted to go to as I would have liked, so instead I chalked it up to an experiential learning opportunity, heading to the Chicago zoo and Millennium park. Traveling the city, although not directly the intent of the trip, helped almost as much to teach me about my major as any of the workshops this past week. Seeing the tall Tribune building, the NBC building, the monuments, the parks, just told me how important news and journalism is to our society. Providing facts and commentary to the American people is a calling that many can’t ignore. Newspapers may be dying, but news never will. There will always will be a need for fair, honest, factual reporting. There is a lot going on in this big old world of ours, and wherever there is news, us students journalists will grow up to be report on it.

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