West Visayas State University

Bacabac, Huelar Experience American Student Life through SUSI

Studying in the land of Uncle Sam is a dream of many students.
Jester Paul Bacabac and Keziah Huelar both from the College of Mass Communications, belonged to the six Filipino, eight Indonesian, and six Malaysian students who joined the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) for Student Leaders on New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana from June 24 to July 29.
3rd and 4th from the left: Jester Paul Bacabac and Keziah HuelarSUSI on New Media in Journalism included workshops on information graphics, photography, audio reporting, video storytelling, mass media law and ethics, leadership, and American politics and governance. Educational tours in major media entities like The New York Times, Voice of America, Wish TV 8, Indiana Public Radio, among others, also complemented the new media classes held at Ball State.
Albeit themed journalism, the activities were not confined to new media. Community service activities were also done in Habitat for Humanity where the students helped build a house for a widow and her children, and Second Harvest where they packed and distributed consumable goods to less fortunate Americans. A two-day and one-night home stay was also sponsored by American families letting them experience the usual routines of American families during weekends.
On the last week of the programme, study tours were done in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the United States of America’s common ground; New York City where they watched Broadway shows and had an island cruise around Lady Liberty; and Washington D.C. where they had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, among others.
“I think this programme didn’t just equip me with the necessary knowledge and skill in using new media, but it also made me proud of my own heritage as a Filipino, broadened my international perspective, and made me realize that WVSU has given me the essential proficiency to compete globally,” said Jester Paul Bacabac.

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