Day One: Jitters melting away

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

By Gianna Campos, June 10, 2019

Today was the day — the day I’ve been waiting for since my acceptance call from Joe Rodriguez. I’ve been anxious about this day, wondering how long it would take for me to break out of my shell and talk to my peers. But after our ice breaker activity, things didn’t seem so bad. We learned small facts about each other, staff included, which was nice.

Throughout the day, we were given different lessons about journalism. The dos, the don’ts, pretty much an overall introduction. We then began the process of interviewing one of our peers to write a short bio on them. We were told to find someone that was opposite to us, and though I didn’t choose someone completely opposite, I made my first friend from this exercise.

As time went on, lunch came around — that was definitely an adventure due to my friend and I accidentally getting lost and trying to figure out our way around campus until I finally turned on my MapQuest.

Throughout the rest of the day, we began finding our story slugs and moved on to writing our partner’s bio. After that, we were matched up with our editors for the next two weeks. My editor talked to my team as a whole — he wanted us to know each other's ideas so we are able to help one another whenever needed.

Overall, the first day went very smoothly! I am ecstatic to see how these next two weeks go and see my growth, as well as my peers’, by the end of this program.

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