MTP What?

Hello fellow Stangs!

I know it’s been a while, and for that I sincerely apologize. It’s been a whirlwind of a time since I last wrote. I worked at summer camp for the past 4 months and that was an incredible experience in itself. Now I find myself back to school in London, but this time, at Fanshawe College.

No I did not transfer schools. As you may recall, I am in MTP [Media, Theory and Production], which is a collaborative program between Western University and Fanshawe College for which I will receive both a degree and diploma. How neat is that? Theory AND hands on experience, what more could I want in a post-secondary experience?

My program is incredibly competitive as it only accepts 75 students in its first year, and 40 students in its following year. If you do the math, half the students get cut from the program. After all my stress and worries, I was fortunate enough to be 1 of the 40 students who was accepted in second year. The 40 accepted students are divided into 4 media streams – television, journalism, radio, and interactive media and design.

I am specializing in Broadcasting Television!! Some cool things i’ve experienced so far are working in news studio rooms, control rooms, writing scripts, storyboards, editing interviews, marketing, Rogers TV placement – the lot.

College keeps me on the edge of my seat – with a new assignment or quiz due every week. The college atmosphere is quite different from university. It’s much more intimate and heavily encourages teamwork and knowing your peers on a very personal level – which is an aspect I very much prefer over university.

Although I am in a competitive program, I do not feel the competitive atmosphere that I experienced last year while at university. Not everyone is trying to be better than everyone else – in fact, it’s very easy to find someone who is willing and able to assist you in a project.

Don’t get my wrong – I absolutely adore Western as well! The 2 times a week I go to Western’s campus for my classes its like a huge welcome home. Our campus is absolutely beautiful, especially now that’s it’s fall. Campus life is much more lively and the sidewalks are just crammed with hustling students.

I guess this year I just get to experience best of both busy worlds.

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  1. Hey! I’m glad you’re enjoying the program so much. I’m a grade 12 student and I applied to MTP at Western and it’s my first choice!! I have an 88% average, do you think it is high enough to get into the program? Also, what month did hear from them saying you got in for first year?

    1. Hey Athena!!!
      I’m so glad you are interested in MTP at Western!!!

      I had a 90% average when I applied, and my best friend told me she had an 88% average when she applied!! I’m sure you’re 88% is good enough, but I would just remember that only 75 students are accepted into first year. I don’t mean to scare you, but I also don’t want to get your hopes up either.

      I heard back from Western on January 31st, but I didn’t accept my offer until March/April I think?

      My advice to you would be to continue to work hard and bring up/maintain your average as best as possible!! [also, if you get a 90% average, you receive a $2000 scholarship woo so hopefully that motivates you haha!]

      Goodluck Athena!! Wishing you all the best 🙂


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