How do I begin to express what a wonderful first day I had with the Greene Team? The night before I worried and stressed about a lot of things: Would the material be too challenging? Am I prepared for all the new things I’ll learn? Will I be able to fit in with the other students?
But that’s a thing about myself that I should work on: I overthink. When I arrived on Sunday, I was nervous, but I reminded myself that I should be extremely proud and honored that of all the applicants from Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens that I, Amanda Mitchell was one of the 25 students chosen to be involved in this program. It means that the Greene Team faculty sees something special in me.
It turns out that I really was overthinking too much on Sunday afternoon. The first day really wasn’t that bad. As a matter of fact, it was great. A few weeks prior to attending the program, I was keeping in contact with my super-friendly profile partner, Alyssa and it was so great to finally see her in person after weeks of texting. Also, I managed to fit in just fine. I made friends with Candace, Talasia, and Kiana and I just know that we’re all going to have a great time together. Zack and Cathrine sat with all the students and we did some critical thinking and brainstorming for stories will cover. I was exposed to a lot of great ideas and I was surprised with the discussion and commentary from the other students. It is truly amazing to be surrounded by so many diligent students and I hope we can all work together and learn from each other as well.
After a dedicated session with such skillful high school journalists and helpful mentors, it was very nice to unwind and relax. The Greene Team enjoyed food and the company of their peers. I personally, enjoyed my delicious pizza, the company of my new friends, a soothing cold shower and most of all, an influential session with Zack and Cathrine.