Day One: Getting lost in the memories

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

By Victoria Gonzalez, June 10, 2019

Today was the day we take a step forward in our journalism careers. We all gathered to eat breakfast and read what the news had in store for us. At first, it was awkward being in a room with people you don't know, just trying to keep to yourself. We all then gathered in the main room and did ice breakers. As I listened to the people saying names and random facts, I realized how much we all do and don't have in common. After we went around once, it ended with us trying to remember the names and facts. I also realized how much of a bad memory I have.

We waited for the next instructions: To pair up with someone and write a biography on them. Already, the program is pushing us to get out of our comfort zones. The interview lasted 30 minutes, and because of that, I made a friend.

As lunch started to approach, we were dismissed to go out and eat. So many options led us to the cafeteria on campus. The same person I interviewed came to lunch with me and we talked about who we are, what we want to do in life and also food. As we went back to the building, we accidentally made a wrong turn and got lost. For the next 20 minutes, we were searching on Google Maps to get back to where we need to be.

Getting back to our work, we wrote our bios and broke up into our groups. Just today, this program taught me that it's not school. We are able to tell people our ideas on what we want to write and they listen and make it happen. They give us the hard facts and truth about what  journalism is, while also giving us space for our creativity.

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