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AdU Courtside Reporter: Mich Del Carmen

Q&A with Adamson's Mich Del Carmen

Age: 21
School: DLSU, reporting for Adamson University
Year & Course: 4th Year, BS Marketing Management

1. Why did you choose to become a courtside reporter?
"Playing sports has been my passion since I was 9 years old. Volleyball was my first love; I played basketball for my alma mater; cheer dancing let me share my passion for dancing and showcasing my loud voice. Once I found out about the courtside reporting auditions via a TV commercial, I didn’t really hesitate to audition. Although I never had any experience in broadcasting, I told myself, 'Siguro kaya ko naman. Kaya ko namang magsalita nang maayos kasi knowledgeable naman ako sa major events na ire-report ko if ever, and I had training in public speaking from my school organizations, such as the University Student Government. Sige, I’ll give it a shot.'"

2. What's the best part about your job?
"I think the best part is that you really get to be trained by 'legendary' people, like Boom Gonzalez, who are very successful in their field of work. It’s truly inspiring, and you’ll really grow as a reporter. Even if my course is not related to broadcasting, I’m now more [inclined] to take that line of work in the future."

3. What's the most challenging part about your job?
"I believe it’s really making sure that you consistently deliver a unique and substantial report all the time. Sinasabi ko lagi sa sarili ko na dapat hindi boring 'yan at kailangan madali maintindihan ng mga tao, English man yan or Tagalog."

4. How do you balance your duties as a courtside reporter and student?
"In grade school, when I would give excuses to my parents for not doing chores because of all my schoolwork and student council duties, they would tell me that time management is just the solution to it. I've been following their advice ever since, and I guess it works. It’s also very handy to always have a small planner with all your deadlines and to-dos listed down."

5. Any UAAP crushes?
"N… [Laughs] Secret!"

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6. What advice can you give to students who want to be courtside reporters in the future?
"Love what you’ll be doing—reporting for sports. Also, it’s important to polish your knowledge in sports because spectators, especially UAAP fans, are smart. They will know if you understand what you’re saying or if you’re merely bluffing."

7. Describe your personal everyday/campus style. What tips can you give to freshmen on how to dress for school?
"When choosing clothes, you have to ask yourself, 'Will I still be respected if I wear this outfit in a school setting?' Also, research says that if you’re comfortable in the clothes you wear, it will be easier for you to understand the lessons being taught in class. So respect and comfort are two things I marry when dressing up for school."

8. Name one thing every college student should invest in.
"Experience. It’s your transition from childhood to adulthood, so don’t be afraid to try new things, make mistakes, and take responsibility for your actions."

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