Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载I’m always open to learning new things and seeing how I can improve as I writer, so when I first found out about The School of The New York Times, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do that. I decided to study at The School of The New York Times because I wanted to learn how to sharpen my writing skills, not only to build my portfolio, but also to bring something new to the table in terms of contributing to my school newspaper.
Which course did you take and why?
I enrolled in the course, Writing About Youth Culture (in the NYC Campus), because I wanted to learn how to write about the topics I’m typically drawn to reading and writing about. I love to write opinionated articles about race, gender, class, and sexuality. This course seemed to fit in all the topics that I’m interested in writing about. I also really wanted to learn how to write about these topics while incorporating myself and my own experiences into a journalistic piece of writing. Though I always knew that I had compelling stories to tell, I never knew that journalism could take on the form of personal essays. Though I believe that my opinion articles are written strongly, I believe that taking this class has equipped me with effective techniques on how to craft an article about youth culture while still expressing my opinion.
If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?
One takeaway from being at The School of The New York Times that will stay with me is that everyone has a story to tell. Though the program was only two weeks long, I learned a lot about people from all over the world. I was lucky enough to hear the life experiences of people based on their background, race, gender, and identity and to appreciate the differences between us. I loved being around such a diverse group of people and hearing what their life is like in their homes. Whether it was simply spending time with friends from my floor in the lounge, or engaging in class discussions, there was always something to learn from these conversations: that each of us have a story that is worth telling and equally worth hearing. After spending an amazing two weeks studying at The School of The New York Times, I realized that being in a diverse environment is going to be an important factor in my college application process. I hope that in the future, I will attend a diverse college and continue to build relationships with people from different walks of life.
What was your favorite site visit?
If I had to choose my favorite site visit from the program, it would definitely be The New York Times. Simply being in the building felt surreal. Although my group did not get the chance to tour the building, we were lucky enough to hear the experiences of the Sports writer, Ken Belson. I was sure to use that opportunity to ask him questions about journalism as a career and I was eager to hear the tips that he had to offer. I really loved this visit because Ken Belson told us incredible stories behind what it took to write and publish what became a front page article about the 2011 tsunami in Japan. It was so amazing to hear how in spite of the difficulty of finding connections in Japan to contact for the article, in the end he was able to get a gripping story to work with. Though we didn’t have much time with Ken Belson, I learned and took note of helpful advice that I’ll be sure to use in the future.
Who was the most memorable guest speaker and why?
I really enjoyed a poet from the non profit organization called Urban Word came to lead a poetry writing workshop in our class. Before she performed one of her poetry pieces to us, we completed a 15 minute speed writing exercise using 10 words that she shouted out throughout the exercise. I enjoyed writing about a certain theme using the words that she said to write with, because it felt like a really effective form of free writing. I loved how she made the class a safe space and environment where my classmates and I would feel comfortable expressing ourselves. At the end of the exercise, we all stood in a circle positively describing ourselves through an “I am” statement to which the next person responded “You are”. I thought that this was a beautiful way to uplift our classmates while also uplifting ourselves.
What were your faculty like?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载My instructors were Mallika Rao and Amaya Rivera. I remember feeling so inspired knowing that my instructor is a woman of color, and totally succeeding in the journalism industry. To know that there are powerful voices out there in the journalism industry who look like me gives me hope that I could one day fill in the gap where the voices of young women of color are missing. Knowing that I could now have a writer to look up to and see myself in was amazing. The faculty in my course were extremely helpful in terms of giving us techniques and teaching us how to thoroughly dissect a writing piece, its concept and base story. The great thing about this course, beyond the pieces that we studied, is that it broke the barriers of what a typical school experience is. We didn’t just read and write, and it didn’t feel like a strict teacher to student experience either. It felt more like family, because Mallika shared her life experiences and created a safe space for my classmates and I to do the same. My instructors, Mallika and Amaya were always open to giving feedback and reading over our writing if we needed help. They were also incredibly encouraging, which always motivated me to continue sharing my work with the class.
What does The New York Times mean to you?
2020欧洲杯客户端下载The New York Times is one of my favorite newspapers to read. Whenever I’m researching for an article, The New York Times remains as my top resource for truthful information and compelling stories. To me, The New York Times isn’t just a newspaper, it’s a reflection of what it means to be a true journalist. The oath to tell the truth during a time where lies continues to wreck the nation is not only a value that I strive for in my writing, but it’s also something that will always make an article stronger. The raw facts, along with strong opinions, is what always drives my interest in New York Times articles. I love how even in an article simply addressing the facts, without explicitly stating it, a clear opinion is expressed. I hope to one day learn to perfect the craft of writing a powerful article that reflects the strength and influence of the New York Times.
What does it mean to you to study in New York City?
To me, studying in New York City means that I have the opportunity to branch out of the quiet, suburban environment that I live in and fully submerge myself into what it means to be a student in the city. Considering the location, I felt that since I live in a very suburban town, living in a city environment for two weeks around other teenagers would be a great way to build street smarts. Moving about the city on my own seemed like it would be a daunting task at first, but I can honestly say that this program was a great way to experience what my college life may be like: far away from my home, doing what I love in a big, crowded city.
What do you think you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I would love to become a successful writer one day, creating opinion articles and personal essays either freelance or for a major publication such as The New York Times. It would be incredible if I could work for a liberal, youth orientated publication like Vice News or maybe even create my own publication where I create articles or videos through a journalistic lens. While I hope to have a successful career pursuing journalism and using writing to have my voice heard, I also hope to lead a happy, healthy life with stable relationships, a place to call home and people to rely on for a support system. My biggest goal for my future is to be happy: with my life, with myself, with my career. I hope that if I change as a person, that I only change for the better and that I continue to flourish in the way that I am throughout my high school years.