To be successful in the world of cultural and media studies (to say nothing of the world of creative production) it is essential that your experiences go beyond your time in the classroom. Luckily, there are two easy ways to leave this class and connect with your classmates: by being part of Global Media Club, and by working behind the scenes to help set up the Senior Thesis Showcase.
The Global Media & Creative Production Club has branches at NYU New York and NYU Paris. Past programming has involved guest speakers like an editor from VICE, a photography mounting workshop, two visits from YouTube celebrities, student trips to films (paid for by the club.) This semester they are sponsoring a bunch of pitching workshops for people who want to start publishing in blogs and magazines. We already have a Web editor from Rolling Stone (and past NYU alum) coming in for that.
They tend to meet on Monday evenings, but there are many opportunities to get involved if you don't have Monday nights free. The best way to see what they are doing is to join their Facebook Group.
Senior Thesis Showcase
Each year Seniors in CCCP put on a Thesis Showcase where they show their work to the world. You can see some past examples, here. Last year, students in my Approaches class helped Seniors get ready for the show by volunteering in back-stage capacities with organizing, room set up, publicity, catalogue materials, photographing and videoing the event. We'd love to have that tradition continue. It's a great way to make friends with Seniors, see what they are going through, and get yourself ready to take on the challenge yourself, soon enough.