Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?
I saw some ads online and they immediately called my attention as The New York Times is something I’ve always looked up at and it also was an opening gate for my future plans.
Which course did you take and why?
I did the Photojournalism course at the DC campus because since I was young, photography has always been something I was interested in yet I never had the chance to pursue a course that would teach me all the tools I needed. The most important reason why I chose to do photojournalism with the SoNYT is because they offered me the chance to learn from professionals who could answer all my burning questions about being a photojournalist.
If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?
Confidence, because not only did I need this to go up to people and interview them but also to stand in front of the class and show them my work. Confidence was needed to be able to take constructive criticism and to always improve my work. I learned that to be a photojournalist you have to know your worth and have confidence in your work to be able to move forward.
What was your favorite site visit?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载My favorite site visit was going to the DC United game, I was able to go anywhere in the stadium and interview and photograph interesting people. This site visit allowed me to let go of all fears about talking to strangers.
Who was the most memorable guest speaker?
Marissa Shorts, a New York Times photographer and the DC bureau chief, was a memorable guest speaker because not only did she tell her story but she also helped us by telling us what she looks for in photographers and how to get to where she is now. I used to believe that NYT photographers usually took a similar path to get to where they are now, however Marissa helped us understand that there is no success formula, just things that help you be noticed.
What were your faculty like?
My faculty, Dr. Cheers and Regi, had a lot of knowledge on the subjects being taught and were able to answer all questions in regard to those subjects. They were very supportive of our work and gave constructive criticism that pushed us forward.
What does The New York Times mean to you?
Since I was young, interested in the world and the news, The New York Times has always been a trustworthy source for investigative journalism that always fed my curiosity. I have always been eager to learn and investigate on matters that affect the world daily be that instantly or over the course of time. I have always found that The New York Times is filled with people who are just as passionate about these events as I have always been and it reflects through their writing or photographs. Now, as a 17-year-old, The New York Times represents a dream to what I aspire to be in the near future.
What does it mean to you to study in DC?
To have studied in DC was a pleasure because I had never been there, I was able to meet a wide variety of people who are not as visible from the outside looking in. DC fed into my curiosity for the world.
What do you think you want to be when you grow up?