February 02, 2009
|2008-09 R-Journalists are (from left to right) Omar Rachid, Jennifer Pichelman, Brittany Fornof, Aditya Maharaand Daniel Mullery.|
A special group of Rollins students share their view of campus life via their blog entries on the R-Journals website, complete with photos and videos. They divulge what it’s really like to be a student at Rollins. This year’s group includes two seniors, two sophomore and one first-year student. Junior Shannon Brown (Class of 2010), who is currently studying abroad in Spain, was selected as a “guest R-Journalist” and submits entries about her Rollins' experiences abroad.
The R-Journals program is in its fifth year and going strong. The Department of Admission and the Office of Public Relations & Communications have worked in partnership each year to oversee the student blogging program. “The R-Journals program has really grown to be a significant and meaningful tool,” Assistant Vice President of Public Relations & Communications Ann Marie Varga said. “It gives prospective students a first-hand look into the life of a Rollins student. We can try to explain what it’s like to attend Rollins, but the R-Journals give them an authentic glimpse of campus from the vantage point of real students immersed in Rollins life.”
According to a Rollins' 2008 survey of accepted students, 28 percent reported reading the R-Journals during the admission process.
This year, there was record number 45 applicants vying for one of the five spots—the highest number since the launch of the program in 2003. All of the students had read the R-Journals before applying.
The search for new R-Journalists was promoted via e-mail to all incoming and returning Arts & Sciences students, through a banner ad on Facebook and via the “I want to be an R-Journalist” Facebook group. Students were required to fill out an 11-question application and submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay on their summer adventures.
An 11-member selection committee from departments across campus including the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, Admission, Explorations, Office of Public Relations & Communications poured through the applications and decided on this year’s finalists. Special thanks to the R-Journals Selection Committee, which included Stephanie Duesing, Ashley Eden, Evyn Garner, Jerrid Kalakay, Doug Little, Rachel Luce, Matt Moore, Jennifer Sperber, Ann Marie Varga, Andrea Williamson and Jane Wurzelbacher.
The R-Journals website includes a new feature that allows readers to post comments. Take a few minutes to get to know the R-Journalists by reading their entries and viewing their photos and videos. And don't forget to post a comment or two.