How has residing in the living-learning community helped you grow and accomplish your goals?
Just being surrounded by people who share your love of weather is helpful and gives me access to a whole group of people to bounce ideas off of when I have questions about my classes or other problems.
Also, I used to be terrified of giving speeches and speaking in public. Through doing on-camera forecasts, where I have to review my tapes and rerecord them until I get it right, I’ve learned how to speak in front of an audience and I’ve gained a lot more confidence. I had a lot of class presentations this past semester. Had this happened last year, I would have still had a lot of nervousness, which I didn’t have this year. It has made a big impact on how I present myself. The living-learning community also helped me realize that I really wanted to concentrate on the science of meteorology professionally.
See Teresa in action during the WeatherWatcher segment at 8:12 on the Wake Up Rutgers video.
Where do you film the weather broadcasts, and how are they done?
Filming takes place in Perry Hall on the Cook Campus. There is a fully equipped TV studio on the first floor of the building. The forecasts are usually done with two people: one is the producer (the person on camera) and the second is the tech assistant (the one who records the forecast and sends it to the RU-tv studio on the Busch Campus).
How does the WeatherWatcher living-learning community help students prepare for jobs in the broadcasting industry?
Because the weather forecasts are taped and kept on a flash drive, you are creating your own résumé. You end up with close to 30 forecasts every year that you can use as audition tapes to work for local TV stations. You already have that on-camera experience and that‘s what people in the media look for.
The fact that you are also familiar with the behind the scenes stuff makes you an asset to a TV studio because you not only understand how things work in front of the camera but what happens behind the scene as well. So if for some reason you don’t get that on-screen job, you can apply for other positions there.
What do you want students to know about the WeatherWatcher living-learning community?
They should know that you don’t have to study weather to join the community. You can come with an interest in weather or TV production and go from there.