I am the new voice of Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s soccer. Over the course of this fall, I will call over 30 games of collegiate soccer between Hopkins and Stevenson University.
Here are a few highlights from a 4-1 JHU men’s soccer victory over York College:
Keep up with me on social media as I navigate through my broadcasting career in my first year out of college: @BobTrosset (Twitter & Instagram).
It has been almost two months since I dove into the ‘real world’ and started my Admission Assistant gig at Loyola University Maryland. Considering I was a Student Worker in the Office of Undergraduate Admission during my four years, it has been a smooth transition from student to employee.
I feel lucky that while the majority of those in my graduating class are transitioning into foreign offices in unfamiliar environments, I am working alongside professionals who I consider to be family.
While I await my first “break” in broadcasting, I am overseeing Loyola’s tour guide program and assisting in the creation of a new culture and name of the organization: Greyhound Ambassadors. As a Greyhound Ambassador, you will serve as a representative who is asked to lead tours on campus, greet prospective students and their families, and provide direction to those in need.
Additionally, I am currently going through the training process to present information sessions and enhance the visit experience. This requires serious memorization of majors/minors offered, the admission process and ROI statistics. Although I have quite a bit of public speaking experience, using a Prezi as a tool takes time and patience to master. I hope to be behind the podium presenting the university I love before the end of July.
Not all of the last seven weeks have been smooth sailing. Living alone in a four-person townhouse (exactly where I lived senior year) with no neighbors has had its challenges. Sitting inside my very own cubicle hasn’t exactly been the most riveting thing ever. This is what it’s all about, though. I am making ends meet while I await my first gig in broadcasting.
I know what I’m getting myself into. I understand the cutthroat nature of the business. I realize just how fierce the competition is. And most importantly: I accept the harsh realities of the field and am confident in my abilities to make it to where I ultimately want to be.
For now, follow me on Twitter @BobTrosset or subscribe to my YouTube channel.
With (l-r) Diana Sánchez Ceballos, Mario López Pinilla, Sergio Martin, Bob Trosset, and Anna Rubio Ruiz
Loyola University Maryland offers three living options for students who choose to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. Students have the option to live with a host family, in university housing or in independent apartments in the city.
As a Spanish and journalism double-major, the opportunity to be immersed into the Spanish language was what initially appealed to me about the program.
Fast forward to the application process.
I was really struggling with deciding between living with a host family or in an independent apartment. I knew I wanted to live with Spaniards, but didn’t necessarily want to be bound to the rules that come along with living with a host family. For example, students studying in Alcala de Henares must let their families know they won’t be around for dinner 24 hours in advance.
I ultimately elected to find an independent apartment in Madrid. This meant that I would fly into Madrid and not know where I’d be sleeping that night.
This method isn’t for everyone. I was up for an adventure, though.
After negotiating rent with several Spanish-speaking landlords, I found a place in La Plaza de España.
The “flat” is made up of eight total people, all of which are students. I live with four Spaniards, two French girls and an Aussie. At any given point, one can hear three different languages being spoken. Believe me, this can be overwhelming at times!
I can’t speak enough about how much assistance I’ve received from the Spaniards with everyday things regarding Spanish life. When I want to travel to small towns outside of Madrid, Sergio helps me navigate the city via the bus system. When I needed help translating an interview I conducted in Spanish, Diana took time out of her day to sit down with me.
And I return the favor.
My flatmates, Diana, Ana, Sergio and Mario, are in various Masters programs throughout Madrid. I’ve been able to give them assistance with the English language when they’re struggling on an assignment.
This has created a unique friendship between the five of us.
Later this month, they plan on taking me to their home town of Toledo. I can’t think of a better way to travel than alongside locals.
Whether I’m doing laundry, making breakfast, hanging out in the living room or rushing out the door, I’m constantly surrounded by the Spanish language and forced to speak it.
My objective from the beginning has been to put myself in a position to return back home in December fluent in the Spanish language.
Without my living situation being the way it is, I wouldn’t be on my way to doing so.
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