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Senior Reflection: Tyler Zeman

Tyler Zeman May 23, 2024
Zeman with other WU alums at graduation
Pictured left to right: Jeremiah Miller (’23),
Zeman, Keegan Raabe, and Wil Wilson

After walking across the front lawn of Miller Hall over a week ago, marking the end of my time at Waynesburg, I was filled with mixed emotions. Where did the last four years go? It felt like just days ago I was riding up to Thayer for the first time as a Waynesburg student with my parents. Like many in my class, I was very uncertain about what the future had in store but was ready for whatever would be thrown my way.

Little did I know that what I was about to learn in the classroom, mixed with all of the wonderful opportunities in the form of extracurricular activities and work away from campus, would most definitely prepare me for life after graduation.

From the get-go in the Department of Communication, you can get involved in everything. I immediately was provided with an opportunity to be on the airways whether it was with WCTV or WCYJ. I also got to continue writing and being published in print with the Yellow Jacket. Furthermore, I was able to announce a plethora of football, basketball, soccer, hockey, baseball, and softball games at both the high school and college level.

However, after just two completed semesters, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and that was produce. Thanks to the Waynesburg University Sports Network, I found my passion. I thought coming in I wanted to be a Play-by-Play announcer, and without this opportunity to work with WUSN I would have never found what I really wanted to be. From being a part of the crew to leading the productions as the Executive Producer over this past year, I am proud to have been a part of one of the best student-run organizations on campus.

Zeman working Thursday Night Football at Acrisure Stadium
Zeman on the field at Acrisure Stadium
after working the Amazon Prime
Thursday Night Football Game in
fall 2023.

At Waynesburg, though, it is not just about the experience and opportunity but also the people I have been fortunate to have met over the last four years. The campus as a whole is more than just professors and students coming together to get a degree. It is more of a community of individuals who all bring a special addition and drive to continue to be the best we can be. I am truly honored to be a part of such a great group of past and current students who, many of which, I can call friends.

I am also thankful to be surrounded by such great professors and mentors who have helped me to grow and be prepared to hold a position in the field even before I graduated. Without them I would definitely not be where I am sitting here today less than a week away from starting my first full-time job in the field.

With that, I am happy to announce I will be a full-time News Producer at WTAJ in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Here, I can continue to pursue my passion of producing which I so quickly fell in love with thanks to Waynesburg. Again, I want to give a huge thank you to all those who helped me over the last four years from my family, friends, and professors.