Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?
I found the programme while scrolling on Instagram, and after looking at the website for only a few minutes, I knew it was something I had to do. Not only have I always dreamed of writing for The New York Times, but many of the courses offered aligned perfectly with my interests, too. To me, it was a sign! I also knew that it would be an invaluable experience: a chance to explore a potential future career path under the instruction of experienced professionals, surrounded by young people as curious and enthusiastic as I was. Moreover, I believed that the programme would really add to my college application, that it would demonstrate intellectual vitality and a willingness to go beyond the demands of school coursework.
Which course did you take and why?
Immigration in New York: Law, Journalism and Culture at the New York Campus.
If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?
From Liz Robbins, I learned that when it comes to writing, “it’s better to get it in than to get it great.” For so long, I have been my own biggest critic, often tearing my own writing to shreds because “it’s not the best that it could be,” and thus spending hours writing single paragraphs. However, Ms. Robbins’ teaching, and this phrase in particular, has shown me that the aim of journalism, and indeed, writing in general, has never been to sound beautiful, but rather, to make an impact on readers. From now on, when I’m writing, I won’t focus so much on the words I use, but rather, the message that I want to share with them, and why it matters.
What was your favorite site visit?
Undoubtedly, it was the visit to the Eastern District Court to watch a naturalization ceremony. It was an incredibly emotional experience: watching over 200 people, all with different immigrant experiences, united under the common dream of wanting to become U.S citizens, standing up to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It was such a joyous occasion, certainly one that I will never forget.
Who was the most memorable guest speaker?
Ricardo ‘Rico’ Frederick came into our class and shared some of his poetry and experiences about being black and an immigrant in contemporary America. His poems were poignant and thought-provoking, encapsulating the struggles he faces in his day-to-day life, as well as the broader themes of racism and cultural erasure. Mr. Frederick’s provocative poetry and talent for communication means these struggles will be clear in my mind for many years to come.
What were your faculty like?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载My instructors were incredible. It was clear within moments of them walking in the room that they were not only experts in their fields, but also incredibly enthusiastic about the work they were doing. Their experiences with immigration —be that through the lens of journalism or the law— were highly impressive in both breadth and depth, meaning that they had endless knowledge to impart on the class. More than that, it was their willingness to share this knowledge that really defined my experience in the classroom. I learned so much from my instructors.
What does The New York Times mean to you?
The New York Times is probably the most important newspaper in the world. It’s sharing the stories that people need to hear: providing the world with an unfiltered view of what is going on, exposing our injustices and corruption, as well as honoring our achievements and celebrating our successes. The New York Times has been a constant in terms of provoking discussion and thought, and so will always be a catalyst for social change.
What does it mean to you to study in New York City?
Studying in New York City means having access to the opportunities that enrich our educational experiences. There are endless opportunities in the city to dig deeper, and find something that will add to your understanding of a concept.
What do you think you want to be when you grow up?
Now, I want to be a journalist.