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An unforgettable week

I can’t believe the week is coming to an end. The days were certainly longer, and the nights shorter. But the experience was definitely one that will last forever. I am so grateful that I was chosen to be part of this program that cost me nothing, but taught everything; the different aspects of journalism, friendship, living the college life. I couldn’t have asked a better way to spend this last week of July. I wish it could have last longer.

Here at Stony Brook University, the Greene Gazette program is the first summer getaway I have ever experienced throughout my teenage life. I made great friends in the span of one week and we bonded as if we’ve been friends our whole lives. I enjoy having girl nights with them because we talked, laughed and joked about everything. My roommate, Kelly Colligan, was the best roommate I could have ever asked for.

YaYa, Kelly, Hanna, Reid
YaYa, Kelly, Hanna, Reid

Going to Newsday showed me that journalism is not simple and a lot of work has to be done. It also gave me a clearer picture of how diligently people work in the field. In addition, I enjoyed going to my first ball game ever, the Ducks. I took pictures and  jumped in the bouncing house with Hanna, Reid, Madison and Noelia.

Most importantly, I am thankful that the team and I had amazing and supportive professors who organized this program in honor of the late Bob Greene, who left them motivated enough to organize this institute. Wasim Ahmad for teaching us about blogging, Cathrine  Duffy  for her lessons and patience and Zachary Dowdy for his motivation and the other professors who also participated in the program.

Their teachings have changed our perspective on journalism for the better. I took what they had to offer in such a small amount of time and applied it to what I really want to do in life. I know for sure wherever life takes me, I will definitely take some type of photography and writing courses in college. They will both be an aspect in my life. This experience has really been a week to remember.

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Here we go …

With our parents barely off campus, the Greene Team launched into our program with a two and a half hour introductory session in which we were introduced to the concept of blogging, taught to properly use our iPhone cameras, and finally concluded with a brainstorming session. But just as we built momentum, we were released for the night, given what I strongly suspect to be the largest amount of free time we will have all week. In fact, I was so fired up after the session that I went back up to the dorm room telling my roommate all about the work I intended to do that night, looking people up, researching professors, getting a jump start on everything.

That, of course, did not happen, but my intentions were good.

Instead, I and the other Greene Team members spent the time getting to know each other over the pizza we ordered for dinner, as many were horrified to discover that the parent barbeque was supposed to be considered our dinner for the day. We wasted no time in ordering a pizza in order to keep ourselves from wasting away. Thankfully, a crisis was avoided and we all got to eat. By 9 p.m., we had all begun to go our separate ways, however, as some floated back to their rooms to finish unpacking, others hit the gym, and still others settled into the lounge for a movie.

We didn’t spend too much time apart, though, as we were roused by a knock on the door this morning at 6:34 a.m., signaling the start of our day. We hurried to dress, readying ourselves for our first full day of the program. Within the hour, we were seated at breakfast, digging through newspapers for stories to interest us, and searching in vain for the “breakfast pizza” of which we had heard tales.

From around the table, the early morning groans of teenagers could be heard as we settled in, though as the hour grew later, the groans gave way to an excited chatter as the food and coffee revived us. But just as we all seemed to reach our full functioning potential, we were whisked off to the newsroom for the first lesson of the day.

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