For film major, success means taking chances

U-News Copy Editor Jeremy Van Ryn will graduate with a BA in Communications Studies with an emphasis in film and media arts. Reminiscing, he said picking out his favorite course is difficult.

“I think my production classes were my favorite and working with my classmates to make short films,” he said. “Getting to try out new cameras and equipment was really fun. Working in a group can sometimes be stressful, but it’s all worth it when you have a finished product and get to submit it to the student showcase for all to see.”

Jeremy said his most memorable experience was hosting an event for Miller-Nichols Library.

“It was a lot of fun being a part of that team and seeing our plan work out and be able to enjoy that success as a group and not just an individual,” he said.

His most memorable U-News experience was Sunday production, when members of the newspaper staff edited articles and designed the paper from scratch.

“We have a lot of characters here, and no matter how stressful it gets there is always something someone says or does that just makes you laugh,” he said.

After graduation, Van Ryn would like to work in sports broadcasting.

“I’m a major sports enthusiast, and if I could, I would sit around just watching sports all day,” he said. “Hopefully one day I can get paid to do it.”

Van Ryn could not single out one person who has had the most impact on his UMKC experience.

“There are so many people, I couldn’t just name one,” he said. “Everyone I have met has just had such a big influence on every aspect of my life here at UMKC.”

Outside of classes, he enjoyed playing pick-up games at Swinney Recreation Center.

“Basketball is one of my favorite sports, and it’s nice to be able to go play whenever I get the chance,” he said.

He would have liked to live on campus for a semester, because it would have helped him meet even more interesting people.

Van Ryn has some advice for incoming freshmen:

“I would encourage them to embrace the diversity here. UMKC offers so many different opportunities for every type of student. Keep yourself open to opportunities and have no regrets.”

He also had some general words of wisdom.

“This sounds cheesy, but it’s a quote I like to remember: ‘You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.’ It helps me remember to take chances,” he said.

mheiman@unews.com

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