Live from Camp: ...and we're off!!!

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.

Day three here at ThreeSixty’s Intermediate Camp is over and so far I’ve learned far more than I ever would have expected! The first two days were jam packed with all sorts of information to ensure that we would be writing our best.

Today we got to finally meet our mentors: Fred Melo of the Pioneer Press, Toni Randolph of MPR, Sara Pelissero of WCCO-TV, Terry Wolkerstorfer, a retired journalist, and — of course — Thomas Rozwadowski and Lynda McDonnell.

Some of the students got to leave campus with their mentors to start their interviews. Unfortunately for me, I was sitting in a classroom all day working on finding reliable sources and information that I could use for my story. Although I was a little bummed out that I wasn’t able to jump right into the interviewing process, I knew that what I was doing was necessary to produce the best story possible.

I probably sound like a broken record when I say this, but everyone here at camp gets along beautifully. I came into camp feeling shy and uncomfortable being around people that I had never met before — now I feel like I’ve known each and every person far longer than just these three short days. I was especially worried about my roommate hating me or me hating her, but I could not have asked for anyone better. We get along really well and we’re often laying awake at night (but not too late!) just talking about our lives outside of camp.

Lastly, I just want to say thank you to not only my mentor, Fred Melo, but to all our mentors for taking the time to help us as budding journalists.

Jessica Violette, Intermediate Journalism ’13