Summer vacation would never be better than spending time in a big city like New York.
I personally always consider the Big Apple an artist. She paints herself into a large, colorful picture that embraces different views and various culture.
However, instead of hanging out and having fun in the crowded city, my summer was mostly spent at a more academic spot –NYU.
Before my summer started, I applied to NYU’s precollege program and waited a long time to start the exciting experience.
When I arrived at the campus, which consisted of lots of different buildings located around the Washington Square, my heart started to beat strongly and eagerly. God, I do love this place.
Then my six-week school prgram started. Just like colleges, each student had their own schedules and for me, as I applied to the journalism program, I chose “Report in NY” and “Multimedia Journalism” in order to get a more professional experience as a journalist.
The classes went well. For the Multimedia class, we stepped outside the classroom and shot pictures and videos, and interviewed people -basically everything about the topic of the story we were dealing with. As for me, I did a profile story on a subway musician at Times Square Station; a story about the heat in the city and how the weather affected people’s lives; and a review story on the CNN Tour we went on as a class. My favorite -or my most successful- project was the final which was about, “Dining at NYU.”
It was a brand new experience for me to present news via multimedia ways. I learned a lot about shooting skills, and the editing process of videos and what should be shown or not shown. Six weeks were absolutely not enough to become super good at it, but at least I got a unique opportunity to start something valuable.
Walking around in NY with my camera shooting the life of the city, has been my dream for a long time, and it came true. I did enjoy it.
“Report in NY” class was more traditional compared to the other one. We found stories by ourselves and did all the interviews and edited them until it reached the perfect level.
The most part I liked about NY was that it was not hard at all to find stories. Things were happening all the time around us. The city was busy and so as the people.
Talking to different people and listening to their stories only made me more obsessed with journalism. Because I do want to share them with others and let more people know about the world around us. And I guess that’s what I’ve learned this summer.
Besides studying, I also went to other places in the city to relax. It’s New York, as long as you are in the city, it would never be boring.
My summer was busy with classes but at the same time, I felt fortunate to learn something new, to meet new friends, and to get more knowledge about New York.
It was a life-long unforgettable experience for me and I will miss that purple place very much.