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A jam-packed day with lots of lessons

Monday, the first full day of the Robert W. Greene program, was a really excellent experience. In my previous blog post I described the excellent breakfast here, and I finished before we had the interview with Shawn Heilbron.

Heilbron is the new addition to the Stony Brook staff. He is the new Athletic Director and has high hopes improving Stony Brook’s sports reputation as a whole. In the interview we got to listen to Heilbron’s story as to how he got to be where he is today, and then we proceeded by each asking questions, acting like a real reporter. Through the question and answers we discovered that he is interested in building up the football and basketball program, and then marketing them to get more of an audience at the games. He would then use these funds from the games to fund the other sports equally, and even has hopes of starting up a new women’s sports team.

After the interview with Heilbron we headed out to lunch. Lunch was pretty good, there was a various amount of options, but I can personally say that the pizza was really good.

John Williams Photography ClassJohn Conrad Williams then came in and taught us about the ISO, aperture and shutter speeds of the camera. We then took the cameras outside and practiced taking pictures of moving targets and of each other. This was one of the best parts of the day, going outside where it’s not  -20˚ like in the newsroom.

Kelly Colligan by Reid RubioAfter the photo lesson, we took a dinner break, which was basically the same food as lunch, which was fine by me as long as there is pizza. Next, Professor Rick Ricioppo came in and taught us about the topic I’m most interested in—broadcast journalism. We learned the basics, most of which I had already known from my class in school, but I did learn a few things about layering which was really nice.

Even though the day felt never-ending, I did learn some really exciting new things that I can’t wait to take back to my broadcast program in my school and share.

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Back at Stony Brook, but missing the omelets

Entering Stony Brook and meeting everyone yesterday was a good time. I had the chance to eat with my family along with Noelia’s (my roommate’s) family. I thought they were so friendly and down-to-earth with a lot of humor. Noelia’s father was quite the character. He’d gone back to make himself another burger and when he came back to take his seat he noticed he had forgotten the top slice of his hamburger, making us laugh with his, “you can’t leave me alone for one minute.” He went back to eating his burger like nothing was wrong. It was hilarious.

Watching the presentation of Ruchi Shah on YouTube yesterday gave me an overwhelming feeling of pride due to the fact that she took a simple trip to her home country, India, and came back with the idea to devlop a mosquito repellent for those who suffer there. It motivates me to do great things with my own future plans.

I was reminiscing about my experience two years ago, when I was attending the GeoPrep program. Being here again for breakfast at the Student Activities Center, also known as the SAC. I was looking forward to the guy flipping the omelets back in the corner but unfortunately the station was closed.

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Highlight of my summer already

These past two days have been by far the most eventful of my summer. Besides having to go through a drivers’ education course, I have not done that much with my summer. I have numerous reasons—or really excuses—for this: Studying for my final exams drained me, drivers’ education took up too much of my day to do anything else and several others.

photo1But since I started the Greene Institute yesterday, I have had no time for excuses. I met my awesome roommate, Reid Rubio, learned how to take more professional-looking photos with my iPhone, played a very close and down-to-the-wire game of pool with some of my fellow Greene Team members and spent my first night in a dorm room. That was only the first day.

Today after a quick breakfast at the Student Activities Center, we got right to work learning the fundamentals of news and preparing for our first interview later today with Shawn Heilbron, Stony Brook’s new Athletics Director. In comparison to the rest of my summer, these two days with the Greene Team have been full of excitement and new experiences, and I am looking forward to what the rest of the week will bring.

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