Why did you come to The School of The New York Times?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载I want to be a journalist when I grow up. I wanted a summer academy that would be intriguing, immersive and challenging but still have the fun and social aspects of a camp. Thanks to the persistence of ads on my Snapchat I decided to apply despite the high price. Fate took the wheel from there, I got a scholarship then raised the rest of the money.
What are your key takeaways from your time at Summer Academy?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载[It] taught me how to use my resources. In the past I was limited to interviews over email or a short in-person interview. In class I had the opportunity to interview people on the street, in their homes and over the phone. I talked to big organizations, found statistics from the police stations, I reached new bounds by testing my limits. I knew you needed guts for this profession but now I had the people skills to pair with my daring attitude.
My Summer Academy experience actually started a little bit before the actual camp because of the Facebook group. Some term three students made a Messenger chat and after talking we realized we needed to collaborate. After a few months of planning, some serious talks and vetting priorities, we published a news site called Pressing the Future. The best part is not the fact that we were able to produce something despite never meeting or being on opposite sides of the globe. The best part is the people. Our wonderful staff consists of the most passionate and kind individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. This amazing adventure does not stop here though. Thanks to the Facebook group, classes and color groups, we have been able to promote the site and get even more staffers. Even if someone isn’t a staffer, they still are passionate and wonderful to befriend. The beauty of the School of The New York Times is the diversity. We each have a different story but we fit together like pieces of a puzzle I did not know existed. The School of The New York Times gave me the opportunity to meet the most amazing people and have the best hands-on experience of my short fifteen-years of life. Now we formed a closer bond because of SoNYT. Meeting in person only glued us together. We FaceTime and Skype, we have group chats, we send each other memes. None of us will be leaving our sides anytime soon. Rain or shine, a million miles away or down the hall, I know that because of the School of The New York Times, I have someone to lean on.
What was your favorite part of Summer Academy?
Our final project was my favorite part of the course. However, my favorite part of the entire academy is the people. I have never been in an environment so mentally stimulating and I go to the top private school in Florida. Every table at lunch hosted lively discourse and every lounge after class held the best and the brightest. Lounge 21, the best lounge, became my haven. I spoke with my friends about politics, philosophy, activism and memes. If we did not have an insightful conversation then we were rollicking on the floor with laughter spilling over the sides of the couches. Some of my friends even practiced their instruments, a trumpet and guitar would form a melody under the conversations, that would be my normal after class scene. I have made friends that I will remember forever and keep in contact with for my entire life.
What does it mean to you to study in New York City?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载Studying in New York City gave me the chance to work with and interview people from all around the world. In my city, everyone is the same. In New York though, everyone came from a different place and wants to go to a different place. Every bend in the street is another opportunity for a story. The diverse culture of New York is also an amazing thing to experience here.
What do you think you want to be when you grow up?
I know I mentioned that I want to be a journalist when I grow up earlier but that is kind of a loaded question. I am a journalist right now, usually I am not taken seriously for my craft because of my age. My experience at The Times will help me earn the respect of my interviewees and peers, so I suppose my goal is to be a respected journalist. With the hours I put into my work, it is the least I can hope for.