Day One: In the Beginning

While I’ve only spent a single day, barely six hours, at ThreeSixty Journalism, I can already tell that I won’t regret this experience.

As a reserved person by nature, it is hard for me to start and continue conversations with others. This is doubly true when concerning talking with strangers. And that was essentially what the majority of people at ThreeSixty Journalism were to me when I first nervously entered the St. Thomas campus at 8:40 a.m on June 19, the first day of a two week camp dedicated to journalism and writing. It is now 4:43 p.m. While I’ve only spent a single day, barely six hours, at ThreeSixty Journalism, I can already tell that I won’t regret this experience.

The people here, from the staff to the guest speakers to the other students attending the camp, are all welcoming people. Here, as I spend more time with them, strangers who I’ve never met before, I find that my nervousness is rapidly disappearing. Talking with the staff, from Bao who encouraged and helped me apply to the program to Chad who advised me on my college essay draft and Miles who helped to create a comfortable atmosphere for the students, it is plain to see that the ThreeSixty Journalism staff care greatly about this camp and are passionate in helping the students achieve their best.

Despite the daunting task of writing a college essay in a week and the journalism that will no doubt push me out of my comfort zone, I feel that this experience will be one that greatly benefits and helps me in the future, whether it be through the people I meet here or the skills I will learn.

- Chia Thao, Highland Park Senior High School Class of 2018

 

 

Share