WJMC Day 6

7/15/16

Well, the best week of my life has sadly come to an end. These past 6 days I have made so many lifelong friends from all over the country and I’ve had tons of amazing experiences. I will truly miss all of the people I have met at the Washington Journalism & Media Conference, so I’m definitely going to keep in touch with them. My friends, from the conference, and I are already planning a trip to meet up together! I can honestly say, that attending WJMC confirmed that I would like to pursue journalism. I always dreamt of being some sort of journalist, and now I am going to try even harder to make it happen.

Here are some things I’ve learned from WJMC…

  1. Journalism isn’t a stable career.
  2. Soda is a great drink for every meal of the day, even breakfast.
  3. As long as you are doing what you love, you won’t have to work a day in your life.
  4. People from outside of Philadelphia don’t know what water ice is.
  5. You only need one person to believe in you.
  6. Bandaids are actually a lifesaver.
  7. To be successful, you need to ask for what you want.
  8. It is possible to function on only 3 hours of sleep.
  9. Have the spirit of a go-getter and always get back on your feet.
  10. Don’t announce emergency situations at the wrong time… (@Evan)
  11. Journalists have the ability to make a difference and share what others can’t.

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Thank you, again, to the Washington Journalism & Media Conference and George Mason University for giving me the best experience of my life and introducing me to friends I will have for a lifetime!

 

This blog post is dedicated to  Raz, Hannah, Elena, Kendahl, Natalie, Anna Kate, Megan and the whole Mellow Yellow Team.

WJMC Day 5

7/14/16

Today was one of the craziest days of my life. I woke up extra early today because I had to dress professional and decided to go the extra mile by curling my hair. Then, I went to breakfast at Southside, like usual. Soon after, we got on the buses and were off to the Capitol Building.

We got to the Capitol Building and stood outside for an hour in 96 degree weather with the sun constantly beating on us. We had planned to get a group picture with all 300 correspondents, and individual head shots for everyone. The heat was killer and by the time the pictures were over, we all looked like we just went for a swim. The pictures we took turned out really good and the heat was worth it. One unique thing we saw, was a group of people meditating on the lawn of the Capitol Building, to protest communism in China.

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Next, a few of my friends and I decided to go on a tour of the Capitol Building with a bunch of other correspondents. It took FOREVER to get in. When we finally got in, we had to watch a 10 minute video before starting the tour and I almost fell asleep because it was so boring. We got to the start of the tour and I was still hoping it would be good, despite the terrible video. Before the tour, everyone received headphones that had the tour guides voice projecting through them. Our tour guide was fairly old and it was hard to hear him through the headphones. Most of the headphones didn’t even work, so the tour didn’t go over well with most people. The tour was taking a long time and no one was enjoying it. My friend, Kendahl, had an appointment with her Senator, Debbie Stabenow, at 12:30, and we started the Capitol tour at 12:00, so we decided to leave, and go meet with her Senator. We left the Capitol Building, and made our way to the Hart Building a few blocks aways. On our way there, we took some pictures in front of the Supreme Court.IMG_2583IMG_2587IMG_2591IMG_2596IMG_2600IMG_2601IMG_2604IMG_2606IMG_2608IMG_2609IMG_2610IMG_2611IMG_2615

We arrived at the Hart Building, and went up to the 6th floor, to meet with Senator Sabenow. Originally, Kendahl was the only one supposed to be there, but to my surprise, they let me and my other friend meet her too. When we got to the Michigan office, they had us fill out a paper, and we thought we were just going to wait for the Senator to come out of her office and allow us to snap a quick picture. This did not happen. Two younger men walked out of her office and informed us that she was currently taking part in voting for a bill in the Capitol Building, and that they were going to take us to meet her. We went down to the basement of the Hart building, and went through some major security, before entering an underground train that typically takes senator too the capitol building. We were in the small train for about 3 minutes before reaching the Capitol Building. This was an amazing experience. In fact, the senator of California was sitting right behind me the whole time, and I had no idea it was her! When we reached the basement of the capitol building, the men told us it would be busier than usual because a Democratic Luncheon was being held and Hillary Clinton was speaking. My friends and I were freaking out because we might be able to see Hillary! We got up to where we were supposed to wait fro Senator Sabenow, and so many Senators passed us. This is when it gets really cool. BERNIE SANDERS We glanced over to our right and guess who was walking five feet away from us with no security… BERNIE SANDERS!! We were in awe and our hearts were palpitating. Bernie is kind of like a celebrity, and the fact that we were five feet away from him is crazy. I unfortunately couldn’t snap a picture because it all happened so fast, but this was definitely the highlight of my trip. We then, met Debbie Stabenow, and were waiting for the elevator when all of the sudden security started to tell us to move away from the door because Hillary was coming up. We immediately pulled out our phones and got our camera apps open. We were about to see the Hillary Clinton! Security saw us with our cameras pointed at the door and got really mad, so we had to put our phones away, and as we put them away, Hillary walked out of the elevator!! This was another shocking and awesome moment. I obviously didn’t get a picture, but the experience was great! Is till can’t even fathom that I saw both of them.IMG_2619IMG_2623IMG_2624IMG_2625IMG_2626

Afterwards, we met up with our other friends and went to the National American Indian Museum to grab some lunch. I had heard amazing reviews of the food here, so I was excited to try it. When we got there, I had no idea what to order, everything looked so delicious. We all ended up ordering the bison burgers. The burger was one of the best I’ve ever had. I obviously had to get dessert, so my friend, Natalie, and I shared a chocolate torte and a brownie. The desserts honestly weren’t that great. They torte was pretty much frozen, and the brownie was super dry. I would highly suggest only ordering the lunch and dinner options at the museum and getting dessert somewhere else.IMG_2627IMG_2635IMG_2634IMG_2629IMG_2630IMG_2631IMG_2633

That marked the end of our day on Capitol Hill. We took he buses back to George Mason, and began to get ready for the gala. I had been looking forward to this moment ever since I knew I was coming to WJMC. The gala is pretty much like prom. It is held at a nice hotel, you dress up, get a 3-course meal, and dance. I had 2 hours to get ready, so I clearly procrastinated and gave myself 10 minutes to get ready. I went outside and got pictures with my friends. We then took buses to a really classy Marriott about 40 minutes away from Fairfax. All of the tables at the hotel had color groups assigned to them. We sat down and had a salad with raspberry vinaigrette to start, followed by grilled chicken with mashed potatoes, broccoli, and asparagus, and lastly, a chocolate cake. All of the food was AMAZING! The cake they served us, had to be the most moist cake I’ve ever eaten. This was 10 times better than a typical Southside meal. After dinner, the DJ started to play songs and everyone was dancing. I had a blast dancing with all of my friends. It was really  nice because my color group is very close, so we all danced together the entire time. The gala went until 11:00 and we got back to GMU at 11:40. It has been an extremely late night, but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way.IMG_2638IMG_2644IMG_3186IMG_2655IMG_2658IMG_3190IMG_3188IMG_2661IMG_2664IMG_3192IMG_2665IMG_2670IMG_2672FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender-1IMG_2682IMG_2679IMG_2680

Today has been such a great day, and I don’t know how I am going to be able to say goodbye to all of the amazing people I’ve met at WJMC, when we leave tomorrow.

WJMC Day 4

7/13/16

Today has been EXTREMELY eventful! There were so many speakers planned throughout the day and we were going to work on a Washington Post simulation in our color groups. We were staying on campus all day, so we were allowed to dress in relaxed professional outfits, which was nice. I met up with my friends and we had breakfast together like always, and (shocker) the dining hall food this morning was actually good! IMG_2495IMG_2496IMG_3126

After breakfast, we all went to our color group rooms, in the Johnson Center, for our Washington Post simulation. The idea was for us to plan the front page of a future Washington Post newspaper. Three of us were assigned head editing roles, and the rest of the group picked what they wanted to be the editors of. The options they could choose from were local, national, features, sports, politics, or business editor roles. Depending on what role they picked, determined what (fake) story they had to write an article about. In addition to writing an article, they had to come up with a headline and a graphic to go with it. My faculty advisor assigned me the role of Managing Editor before I got there, so everyone had to present their stories to me at our fake “2 P.M. Meeting,”and then I had to give them advice on how to improve their stories, so they would have a chance of me picking it for the front page of the newspaper at our fake “6 P.M. Meeting.” They would then, go back and fix whatever I told them to, and then we would all meet for the fake “6 P.M. Meeting,” where they would re-pitch their stories, and the other head editors and I would decide which ones should make the front page of The Washington Post.I know you are probably really confused about what I just wrote, but it is pretty hard to explain the simulation in words.

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Later, we headed to the cinema to hear Carol Guzy, a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist, speak and give a presentation. I was really looking forward to listening to Guzy because she has won FOUR Pulitzer Prize’s, which is INSANE! She is so inspiring and has captured many historic events through the lens on her camera. I couldn’t wait to see what she would tell us. One thing Guzy said that stood out to me was, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, get closer.” This made me realize that I need to stop being scared of going for what I want to get footage of, and that I just need to go for it. She also, talked about all of the people she’s lost in her life, and all of the tragedies she’s witnessed. I really respect her because she told the whole audience that the only thing keeping her sane is therapy. I loved that she mentioned this, because I suffer from some mental health problems, one being anxiety, so I’ve had my fair share of therapy, and I hate that there is such a stigma around mental health and going to therapy. She literally told 300 people she has never met before, that she has PTSD, which I found very admirable. In all honesty, she wasn’t the best speaker, but that didn’t take away the fact that she has an amazing eye for photo composition and that she has a lot of wisdom. After her speech, we watched a 30 minute compilation of her most famous photos from Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, and much more. The slideshow had most of the room in tears when we were only half way through it because the photos were so graphic.

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After Guzy’s presentation, we ate lunch and then went back to the cinema for a college admissions session. Amy Takayana-Perez, the Dean of Admissions at George Mason University, spoke to us for an hour about the admissions process, and tips for applying. I really liked how she explained the different application deadlines (early decision, early action, rolling), and gave us the inside scoop on what admissions boards look at first, and what they don’t look at. Overall, she was very helpful and even surprised us by waiving our application fee if we apply to George Mason in the fall, and promising us a WJMC scholarship if we end up going to GMU. I didn’t think I would even consider George Mason University before today, but I am definitely considering it now.

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Our next speaker was Kevin McCarthy, an Entertainment Reporter on Fox & Friends. I was so excited for him to speak because I obviously love the broadcasting side of journalism, which he is greatly involved in. He name dropped A LOT. He told us many stories of interviews he has done with huge celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, Ryan Reynolds, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and more. At first it was cool, but after a while it kind of felt like he was bragging. He did give us a ton of tips on how to succeed in journalism. He told us to be persistent, ask questions, and do as many internships as possible. It was really helpful when he said, “Someone can give you a path, but if you don’t put in work, you won’t make it.” That was just such a relevant comment that can be used when trying to succeed in anything. I liked how enthusiastic his whole speech was and I found him to be a very interesting person.

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We then got to pick which speaker we wanted to hear next, off of a list of about 12 people in the journalism field. I chose to go see Ian Bush, an Anchor, Reporter, and News Editor for KYW Newsradio. I was super excited to meet him because I had grown up listening to him on the radio in my grandparents car. He is from Philadelphia and attended Villanova, which I thought was awesome. His presentation had some of the best audio and effects I have seen from a speaker, so far. He told us all about his job and gave us cool secrets about the radio. I also, and the opportunity to ask him some questions and speak with him. I told him I was from Royersford, and he immediately lit up because he knew exactly where it was, and he began talking to me about all of the places near it. He also told me he would help find me a college that has a good broadcast journalism program, and he told me he could get his friend on the GMU admissions board to help me as well. Bush gave me his business card and told me to contact him, so he could help. I already had a dream college in mind (Elon University), but if he can find me an even better college, than that would be amazing! He is one of my favorite speakers from the conference.

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Our last speaker of the day was Charles Bramesco, the Staff Writer for Rolling Stones. I was excited going into his speech because Rolling Stones is a really unique magazine, so I figured he must be a cool guy. I was SO wrong. This was actually the worst speech of the week. Everyone around me was on their phones, and paying absolutely no attention because he was super bland, and didn’t really say anything helpful. I spoke to my fellow correspondents after, and they said they were about to fall asleep because they were that bored. The rest of the speakers were good today, so I’m okay with not enjoying this one too much.

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I can’t believe there are only two days left! I’ve been having a great time, and I never want WJMC to end!

WJMC Day 3

7/12/16

Today was (surprisingly) amazing! My day started at about 5:30 AM, and I was running on 4 hours of sleep. YES… 4 HOURS! Anyways, today we had to dress professionally and I felt like a real journalist. I had on my press pass, a white button down, a pencil skirt, and to top it off,  my camera around my neck. I went off to breakfast, like usual, and talked with some girls in my color group, before boarding the bus to D.C.IMG_2461IMG_2423IMG_3100

We finally arrived at the National Geographic Headquarters! It was so surreal. Susan Goldberg, the Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine, was planned to speak and I was really looking forward to it. Although I am really into the broadcasting side of journalism, I’ve always been intrigued by magazines and how different stories and pictures are developed. Goldberg began by telling us that National Geographic has been heading in a more social media driven direction, recently. Additionally, she gave us all of Nat Geo’s stats for their social media platforms, and the numbers were INSANE! Who knew that a picture of a bear eating a vulture could wrack up so many fans?? She also shared some of the techniques the photographers the submit photos use to get the perfect shot, such as camera traps and underwater cages. She then told us the five principles of storytelling…

  1. Make a difference.
  2. Do what others can’t.
  3. Be part of the conversation.
  4. Act urgently.
  5. Know who you are.

These tips really hit home for me and made me realize why I would like to become a journalist. After the presentation, which included great content, pictures, and videos, she  gave us advice on how to be successful…

  1. Be resilient.
  2. Be curious.
  3. Be skeptical.

These phrases may be short, but they pack a lot of meaning. Overall, I enjoyed Susan Goldberg’s presentation a lot, and I learned so much about how magazines, like National Geographic, get their pictures and stories.

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Lunch after National Geographic, was a Buca Di Beppo. We were finally going to be having a meal that didn’t consist of bland dining hall food! I sat with a few people in my color group and some people that were from another color group. After talking with the people at my table that I just met, I found out that one of the girls attends Phoenixville High School, which is literally 20 minutes away from where I live! It truly is such a small world. The conversations at our table were great, and we were served our food family style, which made us all feel like one big WJMC family. IMG_2465IMG_2463IMG_3110IMG_3112

After the last good meal we’d have for a while, we were off to the National Press Club. I’m not going to lie, I was NOT looking forward to this. I am personally not into politics, so this wasn’t something I was expecting to love. First, Thomas Burr, the President of the National Press Club, welcomed us to the club, and told us how glad he was that we were there. Next up was C-SPAN Founder and Executive Chairman, Brian Lamb. He is probably the most intimidating man I’ve ever met. He did things different than every other speaker we’ve had so far. Rather than speaking to us, he left the floor open to all correspondents and acted almost as a moderator, asking people their opinions on the presidential election, gun control, and many other topics. He started a huge debate between all of the correspondents, and it was so interesting to hear all of the different view points of people my age, that live in different parts of the country. I can honestly say that my original judgment was completely wrong and I truly enjoyed the so-called “speech.” After Lamb, we had a politics panel that included Jen Bendery, a White House Correspondent from The Huffington Post, Zach Wineburg, a Democratic Elections Correspondent from Google, and Karin Caifa, a Reporter from CNN. They answered questions about credibility, media ethics, candidates for the 2016 election, and how to be responsible on social media. In the middle of the panel, word began to spread through the audience that the Capitol Building was on lock down. This was fairly scary for us, because the suspect was an active shooter and ran right past the National Press Building that we were located in. After 15 minutes, the fear subsided, and we were all fine. The panel then, ended after a few correspondent asked their own questions. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of the panel at all. I thought it was rather boring, and I found myself checking the time often because I just didn’t like the information they were talking about. I did find some things they said useful, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite things to listen to. IMG_2466IMG_2467IMG_2471IMG_2473IMG_2475IMG_2476IMG_2478IMG_2479IMG_2481IMG_2482IMG_2484

We then, headed back to Fairfax for dinner and some more activities. My faculty advisor selected me to interview our next speaker and I was super excited! The next speaker was Mike Shear, a White House Correspondent for the New York Times. I came up with a really great question and I couldn’t wait to ask him. Shear’s speech was awesome. He shared personal experiences he had while interacting with the President, and even shared about the time that he went to Africa with the Obama’s, which I thought was very cool. He cracked so many jokes about the Clinton’s and Trump, which had the whole room cackling with laughter. Mike Shear is one of the funniest speakers ever (besides Hoda of course). His speech came to an end and I was finally able to interview him. I said, “I saw that you attend Harvard University, so do you think that going to such a prestigious school contributed to you getting job as a correspondent for the New York Times?” His response was unforgettable. He explained that he doesn’t think attending Harvard is something for him to brag about and he told us that as long as you are hard working and persistent, the college you go to, won’t even matter. This really opened my eyes and showed me that I don’t have to attend the best university to make it in the journalism world. Michael Shear is definitely not a speaker I will forget.

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We then had color group meetings for the rest of the night and we talked about our week so far. It was a great time to reflect on all of the great experiences we’ve had so far. After talking about that, we started a lesson on news values. The things we learned are meant to help us tomorrow when we practice writing a story for the Washington Post. The tips we learned are super helpful, and I will definitely use them when I have write a story for my broadcasting class at school. The values we learned were…

  • Impact: The number of people whose lives will be influenced in some way by the subject of the story.
  • Currency: More value is attributed to stories pertaining to issues or topics that are in the spotlight.
  • Conflict: Strife is newsworthy. The old newspaper adage ‘if it bleeds it leads’ rule.
  • Bizarreness: The weirdness of an event can make it newsworthy.
  • Proximity: Stories about events and situations in one’s home community are more newsworthy than events that take place far away.
  • Prominence: People in the public eye have higher news value than obscure people.
  • Timeliness: Recent events have higher news value than earlier happenings.

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I was expecting to not enjoy today, but to my surprise I loved almost every second of it! Today made me realize how much I love this conference and that I would love to help with it in the future. After talking to my faculty advisors about possibly interning for WJMC next year, they said I would do great! So, today I decided that as soon as the Intern applications come out in a few months, I am going to apply, and hopefully be one of the interns at WJMC 2017! I feel as though it would be a great resume builder, and it is something I’d love to do again before heading off to college. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow!

 

WJMC Day 2

7/11/16

Today has been the most exciting and longest day of my life. It is currently 11:30 PM, and I am sitting at my desk typing with one hand, and gripping a Coca-Cola with my other hand (CAFFEINE=NO SLEEP=BLOG POST). I woke up super early and went to breakfast at 7:00 AM. I sat with most of my color group, and a few of the girls I met the day before. After breakfast, we met in our groups before boarding the buses, and went over some more rules and procedures. I also managed to snap a picture of my group!

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Next, we were on our way to George Mason’s Arlington campus to listen to Hoda Kotb, a Co-Host of the TODAY Show, speak. I had been looking forward to this moment even before I knew she would definitely be speaking at the conference. Hoda is the funniest person ever, and she works in the broadcasting field, which is what I am most interested in. We got in our seats, and then Hoda walked on stage. She started by playing her favorite song, by Megan Trainor, and singing along with it. That’s got to be the best ice-breaker I’ve ever seen. She started off her speech making us all laugh, so I knew the whole thing was going to be hilarious. Hoda talked a lot about her struggle to make it in the television world. She also gave us some very motivational and helpful advice on how to succeed in journalism and life in general. I found myself writing EVERYTHING she said down. I could honestly listen to her speak all day, she was that helpful. I loved how she called it like it is and didn’t sugar-coat journalism. At one point she even told us that at least 1/3 of us won’t make it. Her speech was truly eye-opening. I can already tell that this is going to be my most memorable experience from the conference.

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After the speech, Hoda decided to get a group video and post it on her Instagram. And guess what?! I was in the video she posted! I was so happy to be in the video, and it really just made me feel great, and put me in a good mood the rest of the day.IMG_2955

After our amazing Hoda Kotb experience, we went to the Newseum in Washington, D.C. It was truly eye-opening, and really taught me a lot about news and journalism. We spent a whole 4 HOURS in the museum, and it truly was as Raz said, “a journalism nerds paradise.” I think it is my new favorite museum, and I would love to go back with my family at some point. The main thing the Newseum tries to teach people is that journalism is all about telling the truth and exposing lies. While there, I saw a huge piece of the Berlin Wall, and got to practice being a news anchor. Additionally, I got to see many documentaries about events such as 9/11 and the Civil Rights Movement. We also went into the 4-D movie theater, which was a unique experience. The Newseum has so many awesome exhibits, and I really can’t explain how amazing it was in words, so here are some pictures I took while there!IMG_2916

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The gift shop had some really funny & cute news related things, so I obviously had to take some more pictures.

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After the Newseum, we want out to dinner to a bar called The Exchange. I sat with my color group and we had a blast despite our burgers being dry and our brownies being stale. After dinner, we went to the White House for some photo ops. While there, we witnessed people singing about how they wanted peace between all races, and men dancing robotically. Despite all of the distractions, we did manage to get some photos!IMG_2959

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Next, we got on the buses and went to tour all of the monuments for the twilight tour. We went to the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. This was really great for getting pictures and reflecting on the different wars America went through.  I had a great time reading and looking at the different aspects of each monument!

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I made so many more great friends today from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, California, Iowa and Tennessee! Today was such a fun day, and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

WJMC Day 1

7/10/16

I was given the amazing opportunity to attend  the Washington Journalism & Media Conference, held by George Mason University, this summer. At the conference, I will be a National Youth Correspondent representing Spring-Ford Senior High-School and Royersford, Pennsylvania. I have been anxiously awaiting this day for many months, and I cannot believe it is already here! As I am writing this, it is no longer the first day of the Washington Journalism & Media Conference, as I was extremely tired and got back to my dorm late last night, and needed sleep to prepare for the long day ahead of me.

Yesterday was the first day of an unforgettable experience. My day started at about 8:30,  my family packed my bags in the jeep, and then we were off to Fairfax, Virginia. Overall, the ride wasn’t too bad because I am used to the drive to Washington, D.C. We made a few pit stops along the way, before finally arriving in Fairfax. We got to Fairfax at 12:00 and decided to go out for lunch. I found a really great Mexican/Southern restaurant about 15 minutes away from campus, called ABC Canteen. We got hush puppies (so delicious), and tacos made with fresh, homemade corn tortillas (very tasty), and tres leches (my favorite dessert). This restaurant is super tiny and hard to find, but if you ever visit Fairfax, VA, I would highly recommend trying it out!

I got to George Mason University at 1:00 PM and checked in. This was extremely nerve wrecking and I was just praying that I would like my roommates. I got my room key and headed up to my room in Sandbridge. I got to my door and saw that my roommate’s name was Samantha too, and she was flying in from Vancouver, Washington! My other suitemates are from Missouri and Maryland, so we are quite a diverse group. We all chatted for a bit before my parents helped me unpack my luggage. I will be the first to admit that I brought A LOT of stuff, but I don’t like to think of it as over-packing, I like to think of it as being well-prepared. I hung up ALL of my clothing and made my bed. Afterwards, I went to the Hub to meet my Faculty Advisor, Raz, and my Junior Faculty Advisor, Hannah. I went with my parents and as soon as I got there, I had all of the faculty screaming my color group and cheering my name. This all felt so surreal. I was in the Yellow Group, and I got to meet a few of my group members while I was there. Raz and Hannah explained the schedule and workbook to me, and gave me a copy of Hoda Kotb’s book, Where We Belong. After I met my advisors, my parents and I had some refreshments they had provided. Let me just say, I don’t know how GMU makes their brownies, but they had to be the best brownies I’d ever eaten. My parents, then, left and I was finally on my own. This was bittersweet, but I was excited for the adventure. I talked to some girls in the Hub and we quickly became friends, they were from California, Kentucky, New York, and many other states! We all went on the tour of George Mason together, and it was fun, despite all of the walking. By the end of the tour, my converse had really messed up my feet (there goes my chance to wear heels this week). This was my first college tour, and it wasn’t really what I was expecting. It made me really think about my other college choices.

After I got back from the tour, I began to get ready for the dinner and speaker. Before dinner, we met with our color groups for the first time. I love my group so much! We all became friends very quickly. We did some team building activities, then went to dinner in the Johnson Center. Dinner was good, and dessert was great as well. I didn’t get to take any pictures, but when I did remember to takes pictures, it was too late and I had already finished my delicious vanilla cake with raspberry filling.

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Dinner was a really great time to get to know the other members of the yellow group. The conversations at our table were really flowing!

After dinner, Tina Rosenberg, a Columnist for the New York Times, spoke to us. She brought up freelancing, and mentioned how it is a useful way to get into journalism because news companies always crave good stories and pictures. Rosenberg also, mentioned that freelancing doesn’t pay well, but if you want to be a journalist, then you should know it isn’t as stable of a job as let’s say, a teacher. Additionally, she brought up great points about solutions journalism. Solutions journalism is about reporting how people respond to problems, rather than giving your own solutions to a problem. She gave us many tips on what not to do, when it comes to writing articles. The speech was concluded when she said, “Solutions journalism is becoming increasingly more popular with readers.” I thought her view on how to write articles was unique and truly gave me a new perspective on writing.

The day ended with a two hour group meeting, where we learned all of the rules of WJMC, and did many ice-breakers. This was extremely helpful in learning everyone’s names and their interests. We also practiced networking, which was incredibly useful. Additionally, we decided on a team name, “Mellow Yellow.” personally, I would’ve picked “Sunshine Squad” as our team name, but hey, that’s just me. I got back to my dorm at 10:45 and immediately got changed and went to bed. It was an overwhelming, exciting, and long day.