VIDEO: PTSD and the Boston Bombing

For the final project in my Visual Journalism class, two other students and I conducted interviews and research into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The research was spurned by a Boston University Medical School survey, released last month, about the Boston Marathon bombings’ effect on veterans with existing PTSD. Of the veterans surveyed, 38 percent said they experienced emotional suffering as a result of the bombings.

The Boston Marathon bombing deeply affected the city of Boston and especially touched the BU population. Even after the six-month anniversary of the bombings, many Bostonians still feel the aftermath. Relating to the BUMS survey, PTSD is still a common yet invisible way the marathon bombings affect people in Boston. Amidst the Boston Strong cheers, many Bostonians can be brought back to Marathon Monday through loud sounds or disturbing dreams.

This story speaks to the way Bostonians—especially students—still cope with the Boston Marathon bombings. PTSD is often ignored, but the video explores the ways veterans and students still handle the effects of the tragedy.

 Here’s the finished product, edited by me, with interviews by Kat Noel and Sarah Fisher:

BU named top university for new hires

Just as I’m starting my post-grad job search, Boston University is named one of the best universities to find exceptional new hires by an American business magazine.

An Inc.com article, published this week, named the top ten universities with the most ambitious students. The list includes University of California, Berkley, Harvard University, University of Oxford and BU.

The study, carried out by the London-based startup ViewsOnYou, looked at data from a recruiting tool based on standard psychological measures to calculate students’ “desire for success and career advancement.” What they got was a list of the top schools — a mix of Ivy, research and public universities in America and abroad — with driven students.

As a student in my final year at BU I’m not surprised the university made the list. While BU does not have as stellar a reputation as Harvard or Stanford University, it’s comprised of highly competitive and involved students. While I know these lists are usually a meaningless calculation to drive interest in the startup, it’s given fellow seniors a push to achieve as our last semester approaches.

Here’s the rest of the list:

A list of the top 10 universities with the most ambitious students. Courtesy of Inc.com.

A list of the top 10 universities with the most ambitious students.
Courtesy of Inc.com.

Photo Story- Lizzy & Elizabeth

Oct. 16, 2013- School of Theatre student Lizzy Rich puts on makeup backstage to play Elizabeth I for a dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. The theatre production is about the women associated with Henry VIII. Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- School of Theatre student Lizzy Rich puts on makeup backstage to play Elizabeth I for a dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. The theatre production is about the women associated with Henry VIII. Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich stretches before rehearsing a scene in the in the College of Fine Arts classroom. The Women of Henry VIII is performed in alley-style seating with the audience in the center of the stage and the show played out around them. The set is  designed by the students in the production to look like a museum. Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich stretches before rehearsing a scene in the College of Fine Arts classroom. The Women of Henry VIII is performed with alley-style seating, where the audience is in the center of the stage and the show is played out around them. The set is designed by the students in the production to look like a museum.
Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich is having her hair braided by Laura Detwiler, a fellow student actress, backstage to get into character for Elizabeth I. Rich's all black costume hangs on the clothes rack to the right. Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich is having her hair braided by Laura Detwiler, a fellow student actress, backstage to get into character for Elizabeth I. Rich’s all black costume hangs on the clothes rack to the right.
Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich runs lines backstage with Jenna Bilgore, a fellow student actress. Bilgore plays Mary I, Elizabeth I's estranged half-sister. Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich runs lines backstage with Jenna Bilgore, a fellow student actress. Bilgore plays Mary I, Elizabeth I’s estranged half-sister.
Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich performs her final scene as Elizabeth I during the dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. The performance is scheduled to play Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with a matinee show on Sunday afternoon. Created by Chelsea Diana.

Oct. 16, 2013- Rich performs her final scene as Elizabeth I during the dress rehearsal on Wednesday night. The performance is scheduled to play Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with a matinee show on Sunday afternoon.
Created by Chelsea Diana.