Applying Your Degree in the Community

Troy Glover will graduate from St. Thomas University with tangible evidence of the hands-on learning and volunteer work he completed during his Bachelor of Arts degree.

Glover, of Burton, NB, will be the first recipient of the university’s Certificate in Experiential Learning and Community Engagement—a certificate earned concurrently with the Bachelor of Arts that requires course based or community service learning.

“I think it will be able to show anywhere that I’m applying to work that I’m able to balance a full-time school schedule with volunteering,” Glover said of the certificate. “It will also show that I’ve gone out and tried to apply aspects of my degree in the community.”

The fourth-year Journalism student completed the volunteer hours required for the certificate at Rogers Television in Fredericton. He hosted a number of shows for the Voice of the Province—a political talk show that covers issues within New Brunswick.

For Glover, the interviewing techniques learned in class were essential to his work. His favourite interviews to date have been with Kris Austin, leader of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick.

“I try to incorporate a lot of different interview styles when I’m working at Rogers because it’s a talk show, so it should feel more like a conversation,” he said. “Being able to interview effectively makes the guests on the show feel more comfortable.”

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“As long as I have a camera and I’m in front of an editing suite, I’m happy.”

Glover came to St. Thomas as a President’s Scholarship recipient and said his four years at the university have been “very positive.”

“It’s been really enjoyable,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot and I’ve met a lot of people I enjoy being around.”

Through his studies in Journalism, Glover became involved with the Aquinian, the student news publication, as the video editor. He hopes his future career will involve work with cameras and video.

“I like working with video,” he said. “As long as I have a camera and I’m in front of an editing suite, I’m happy.”