For my final co-op, I wanted to work directly with the community I’ve come to know and love during my past three years at Antioch College. With this idea in mind, I accepted a co-op position working for Antioch’s Media department. I worked daily setting up media equipment such as microphones, speakers, and soundboards for any and all events that took place on campus. Weekly, I manned the setup for the college’s Community Meetings, where students, faculty, and staff met together in order to express any concerns, give appreciations, and discuss important topics affecting our daily lives within our community.
Since prior to this co-op I knew next to nothing about how sound boards or microphones were set up, I hit the ground running and really had to learn as I worked rather than having time for in-depth training during my time as a Media Assistant. While not what I would have previously preferred, I believe that hands-on, in the field training has greatly increased my understanding of media equipment and what electronics are used across campus each day. During my first week of this co-op, I set up equipment for one of the college’s biggest events, our Alumni Reunion. This meant that myself and the two other media assistants were responsible for setting up, maintaining, and taking down equipment for every alumni event, movie showing, and fancy dinner with guest speakers during that week. I ended up working 14 hour days nearly that entire week, but the feeling of accomplishment from successfully assisting in such an important event for our alumni was its own reward.