When I first stepped out of the car and onto the campus of Stony Brook University, I didn’t know what to expect from the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists. I was about to meet new students and professors, learn new material and study new concepts. It was going to be a challenging yet intriguing experience for me, and I have to admit, I was a little nervous.
However, within the first hour, I already felt more comfortable and acquainted. I met my outgoing roommate, Yaw, who shared a lot of the same interests and hobbies with me, such as playing sports. We quickly struck up a conversation about our experience in the field of journalism, and how excited we were for the program to start. It was nice making a new friend.
Later, Yaw and I, as well as the other members of The Greene Team, gathered in the residence hall. We began discussing story ideas that we could potentially cover, including articles about student debt, immigration, and gentrification. Everyone was sharing their ideas, and everyone’s voice was being heard. For my first day as a part of such a prestigious program, I was expecting to be stressed, but the day ended up being both a rewarding social and learning experience for me.
After we discussed story ideas, Yaw and I enjoyed scrumptious pizza and went back to our room. We talked from the minute we were at the bottom of the stairs to the minute we arrived at the door. I was surprised that in a mere few hours, I had bonded with someone so well. We eventually fell asleep, ready to face what the next day would present us with.