Monthly Archives: September 2013

Where do you go to School?

“So where are you going to school?” Do you get asked that question? Invariably I try to divert the attention from the fact that I’m attending a community college. It’s strange because it’s totally nonsensical to be embarrassed about going to a junior college once one thinks about it.

Northwest Vista is an excellent school, but I still have this ingrained feeling that a community college is somehow inferior to a four-year college. One can’t rate a school on what degree the institution offers, but on the quality of the education. NVC has that quality especially in the Digital Video and Cinema Production program.

One aspect of the DVCP program that displays its quality is the chance to work in the industry before even graduating. It’s required to complete an internship as part of the degree plan, and there are great opportunities out there.

I’m doing my internship at FOX 29 in San Antonio, and I’m learning how a TV station operates on a day-to-day basis. One of my friends is designing advertising and editing video for a company that does projects for an oil corporation – you’ll probably be seeing his work on beer koozies soon. Another friend is making video promos for a company that records extreme sports events!

These are all opportunities that students from NVC are getting right now. So where do I go to school? At a community college you’ve probably heard of – Northwest Vista College.

By NVC Student Peter Northrop


Have You Seen It?

Have you seen the 1,815 ft. CN Tower in Toronto or the Empire State Building? What about the Golden Gate Bridge or Itaipu Dam straddling Brazil and Paraguay? Have you ever walked upon the Netherlands North Sea Protection Works or visited the Panama Canal?

These are considered to be marvels of our modern world. Glorious as these structures may be, they pale in the light of one of the newest marvels: the Prickly Pear Garage. You may scoff, but have you used it?

The newest addition to the NVC campus is a marvel because it is now possible to find parking at 9 am! What once was a fable or a half-hour headache is now a pleasant experience. No longer is the act of following students to their cars a necessity. Gone are the days of arriving the night before to set up a tent and reserve your parking spot, and no more shall your BMW bake in the harsh Texas sun. The Prickly Pear Parking Garage has arrived!

It’s time to make the pilgrimage to the new wonder of the modern world, and have no fear; it’s free! At least it’s free until it is completely finished in October. So if you are still having trouble finding parking then make your way to the Prickly Pear, and if you park easily every day then recognize the reason why, and – you know it – make your way to the Prickly Pear and see the marvel.

By NVC Student Peter Northrop