Life Lesson

Do What You Can

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

-Arthur Ashe

To be honest, when I saw this quote in Demi Lovato’s, “Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year,” it put a lot of things into perspective for me.

Throughout my whole life, I have considered myself to be a perfectionist. I have strived for perfection because settling for less was just never an option.

I have worked so hard in school, staying up, or not going to sleep at all, until I finished all of my work. I have stressed myself out and almost have cracked under high amounts of pressure to make deadline. I have joined many clubs and organizations to meet new people, serve the community, and grow as a person and a leader. I have worked so hard to maintain a good reputation and I have done my best to act professional in every situation. I have tried my best to be a great daughter, sister and friend, and I have also tried to have as much fun as I can.

And of this still applies to my life today. My academic success is my number one priority and I always have my future career on my mind. I am constantly looking for new opportunities to put me ahead.

But now knowing this quote, I have come to realize that I can only use what I have and do what I can. There have been so many times where I have become so overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do and feared that I would ruin my chances to be successful. And although I probably won’t change any of my ways, because that’s just who I am, it is reassuring to know that I am only able to do what I can, and that is going to be and has to be good enough.







To be honest, live TV is no joke.

Co-Anchors of Roth Regatta Live ~ Brendan Jones & Jaclyn Lattanza

Co-Anchors of Roth Regatta Live – Brendan Jones & Jaclyn Lattanza

Last Friday, the School of Journalism put on its first ever live broadcast of a sporting event. No, it wasn’t a lacrosse game. Not baseball, and it wasn’t softball. It was Roth Regatta.

Leading up to the date, Friday, May 2nd at 2:30 p.m., everyone who was involved, students, staff, faculty, etc. was preparing for a great broadcast. It was going to be one hour long; we were going to have two anchors who would interview guests at the desk; three play-by-play commentators who were going to call at least eight races; and two field reporters who were going to use Padcasters to interview participants. Pre-recorded packages were ready to go and a lot of research on each boat was done.

As one of the anchors, I showed up at the desk at 10:30 a.m. The nerves were starting to settle in because I had a four-page script to memorize and no teleprompter to refer to (disclaimer: I requested not to have a prompter, because I am more natural in front of the camera without it). I started to feel more comfortable though, after practicing the script with my co-anchor, Brendan Jones, and my broadcast professor, Professor Sanders. There were so many people walking by the anchor desk and taking pictures of us before we started. I’m not going to lie, it felt pretty cool. Especially with our awesome headsets that we had.

As we watched the Regatta, everyone began to realize that the whole event was going to be over by the time the broadcast started. That meant no play-by-play; no action behind the anchors; and no Padcaster interviews with participants. But regardless, the show must go on.

As it got closer to air-time, Brendan and I were so ready to start! But unfortunately, some of the technology wasn’t.

Technological difficulties are always expected when using technology, especially when there is a lot of it. As one of the on-air talents, the technological aspects of the show, were out of my hands. But I know that everyone who was working behind the scenes did the best that they could to make everything run as smoothly as possible.

Technology aside though, since there was only one race left of the Regatta by the time we went on air, our whole script was changed, and basically useless. It was a bit chaotic right before we went live and even during, due to weak communication between the anchors, play-by-play commentators and reporters. Brendan and I called the first race and basically ad-libbed the whole show. When we weren’t talking on air or interviewing a guest, we were quickly deciding what was going to come next and who was going to do what. It was crazy.

But regardless of what was happening behind the scenes, everyone who was on-air pulled it together. As anchors, Brendan and I were on for most of the show, but the play-by-play commentators, Joe Damiani, Basil John and Brenda Blanco, and the two Padcaster reporters, Dahlia Ibrahim and Bushra Mollick, did a great job as well!

After the 47-minute show was all said and done, Brendan and I sat at the anchor desk to soak in what we just did. Although the structure of the show went from being strong to very chaotic in a matter of minutes, whatever we did worked. If we were confused or upset about something, as soon as we were back on air, we forgot about it, gathered our thoughts, and just went back to being an anchor.

[Instagram] May 2 - @jlattanza: UMH WHAT. Even with technical difficulties Roth Regatta Live anchors pulled through!

[Instagram] May 2 – @jlattanza: UMH WHAT. Even with technical difficulties Roth Regatta Live anchors pulled through!

The show didn’t go as smoothly as everyone was hoping, but what we produced looked pretty good, especially since it was our first shot at covering Roth Regatta. The mistakes and challenges that we went through will definitely help us broadcast an even better show next year, and it definitely has me even more excited for Wolfstock Live in September!

The show would definitely not have been possible without the work, support and positive attitude of Phil Altiere, the Technical Manager for the School of Journalism. And for that, I thank him for one of the best experiences I have had as a member of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook. Everything being on the fly taught me how to remain calm, be poised, and think on the spot.  It also lifted my confidence as a broadcast journalist.


View Roth Regatta Live here!



The Community Just Got Served

To be honest, more people should do community service.

Community service is something that many people overlook, or don’t even care about doing, but it is so worth it. I have volunteered and participated in many community service projects throughout my life and no matter how big or small it was, I always felt 100% better about myself afterwards.

On Saturday, April 11, 2014, Stony Brook students, including myself, joined Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Valerie Cartright and The Greening Committee of 25A Communities to clean the area that surrounds the Long Island Rail Road in Stony Brook.

I’m not going to lie, I signed up to volunteer, at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, to be closer to reaching my required point total for the Sigma Beta Honor Society. But after completing the task, I realized that it feels really good to help make the community a better place and that I should participate these events more often. And I also encourage others to do the same.

Below is a photo gallery of pictures that were taken by Stony Brook’s Commuter Student Services at the clean-up.


Today is the day.

To be honest, I get inspired when I go to physical therapy.

Physical therapy is not easy, but I knew that when I signed up. I knew that it would take time out of my busy schedule and I knew that the therapist would bend and flex my foot in ways that would kill. But I also knew that I would be surrounded by supportive people and that I would see great results. And I was right. All the staff members are very nice and accommodating and my foot is feeling so much better. I see more and more progress after each one of my appointments.

When I first walked into the training room at Physical Therapy & Beyond two weeks ago, I immediately noticed posters, signs and magnets around the room. Some are funny and some are serious, but one thing I love about them, is that they are all inspirational.

Even the one that looks like this:

No matter what exercise I am doing, whether I am balancing on a board or stretching my calves, I have something to look at that reminds me why I am doing what I am doing. Why I am committed to making a 100% recovery from my surgery; why I am trying my best to fight through the worst of times; and why I am not giving up.

My favorite sign is hanging up right in front of the elliptical.

I make sure to read this at every appointment because the messages within it are so powerful. I think everyone should read this at least once a week because I am almost certain that at least one of these lines, if not all, will resonate with everyone who reads it.

One of the lines that is really important to me, is Be generous and truthful.” It’s not every day that you meet someone who possesses both of these qualities. Qualities that many were taught in Kindergarten to have. There are so many people in the world who are not happy with their life and who take it out on others. Being rude to others is going to get you nowhere, nor is it going to make your life better.

Truthfulness is one of the most attractive qualities someone can possess. It is such a nice feeling to know that you can trust someone, but there is nothing more disappointing then discovering that someone who you thought you could trust turned out to be someone different than who they said they were.

Going to physical therapy has turned into something I really enjoy. I like setting aside 4 hours during my week to relax and focus on me and what I need to do to get myself better. Physical Therapy & Beyond provides that for me and I am so grateful!

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Today I was asked if I had kicked someone

To be honest, I’ve been recovering from foot surgery for 8 weeks now and I still can’t walk right.

Although it has been a painful and frustrating amount of time, it has also been very eye-opening.

Being off crutches and not being 100% is killing me. Limping around causes pain to my whole foot and prevents me from walking as fast as I normally do. It also gives people an excuse to speculate on what’s wrong.

Listen people, it doesn’t matter what’s wrong. What matters is that they are struggling more than you are.

True story:

Today I was asked if I had kicked someone. He said, “What’d you kick someone?” The man who was sitting in Roth Cafe had nothing better to do than to mock me as I “walked” past him.

Come on!

That experience solidified the message that I wanted this post, that has been sitting in my drafts for a while now, to tell others.

Before this surgery, I had never been on crutches. So spending 6 1/2 weeks on them was a long time. My experience was not that terrible, except for the time I fell down the stairs and the occasional soreness in the palm of my hands. Besides the strength it took to go up and down steps, the worst part about being on crutches was being stared at every time I went out in public.

I’d like to think that I got pretty good at maneuvering with them, but when I entered the gym to watch a basketball game or a restaurant for a meal, suddenly I felt like a circus act. I understand that everyone is curious, but after a while, there is not much of a show to watch.

After what I’ve gone through, I will never judge someone who is on crutches or utilizing any other mobility aid. Everyone goes through their own personal and physical struggles. Having others assume they know what it is, is uncomfortable and not fair.

I ask everyone to respect others, especially those who “look” different. Imagine what your life would be like if you were in a similar position.

It’s not a great feeling to be looked at while you are in a vulnerable state.