Live from camp: Sleep is important ...

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Editor’s note: Each day, one of our 11 student writers at June Intermediate Camp will reflect on life learning the journalism ropes at the University of St. Thomas. Come back each day to revel in the fun (and hard work) of being a ThreeSixty residential camper. Also, check out our student bios, complete with awesome headshots by Aidan Haarman.

The first two days of camp are officially over, but since we’ve been doing so much, it feels like I’ve been here for a week.

The first day of camp was pretty typical with all the awkward, “Hi, my name’s Simone.” “What’s yours?” “What school do you go to?” and “How old are you?” but by the end of the night, everything seemed to be going pretty well and it was like we had already known each other.

All of us ended up staying up ‘til way past midnight, which we learned wasn’t such a smart idea when we all got up to walk and run along the Mississippi River at 6 a.m. Not that it wasn’t fun. The run was just the thing I needed to jumpstart my day, especially after not getting enough sleep the night before.

The jumpstart was good because today we pretty much learned everything we needed to know about journalism.

We started out with Lynda and Tom reading and discussing stories in the news and then went on to learn what news really is, and what really makes a journalist. Then, after sitting in a classroom all morning, we had lunch outside, and I got a chance to get to know my fellow campers even more.

But soon it was right back to work. We all sat under a tree with Katie and read a personal essay by another ThreeSixty writer about bullying to help us write our own stories in the future.

Then we went back inside and learned the dos and don’ts of journalism, otherwise known as “The ‘Tom’ Commandments of Interviewing.”

Once we finished that, we brainstormed ideas and then went out to interview total strangers on the St. Thomas campus, which was really scary at first. But once we got into it, it ended up being a lot of fun. I ended up getting a pretty good interview with another teen on privacy and the Internet.

After that, we still had one more class to go to – “Shooting Great Videos” with Rick Hendrickson at UST. By then, the combination of not getting enough sleep and the excitement of the day had finally caught up to us and, unfortunately, even though the class was really interesting, all of us were fighting to keep our eyes open.

But we all made it through, and after the meeting was finally over, we ended the day with dinner at The View – where each of us shared our high points and low points of the day. My high was having an awesome interview but, really, I need sleep.

Simone Cazares, Intermediate Journalism Camp ’13

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