Experience the Thrill of Creative Effort

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” I definitely share a similar perspective, and I love the “thrill of creative effort”! That’s why I’m always trying to inject creativity into all parts of my life: at home and in my work, including the classes I teach each semester at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.

We start a new semester at Rider today — an opportunity to inject some creativity into the learning process for 14 weeks of fun and learning! I’m teaching COM107 Persuasive Writing for the Media and COM105 Mass Media Communication this semester. I’ve taught COM107 many times before, but each semester I “change it up” to reflect what’s happening in the real world and to help prepare my students for potential careers as writers in the business world.

I’m teaching Mass Media for the first time — and I’ve designed the semester as a TV-inspired,  Survivor-like game. Hopefully, this will keep the creative juices flowing for everyone!

Wish us luck as we embark on 14 weeks of creativity, fun and learning in both of my classes… and I hope you, too, have the opportunity to experience “the thrill of creative effort” in your efforts in the coming weeks, too! Go for it! 😉

Kathy Magrino


  1. Wow, Kathy, this sounds exciting. I think that both you and your students are going to have a fabulously fun and creative semester!

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