OU, Oh Ya

The Ohio University High School Journalism Workshop is an experience I will never forget. The relationships that I formed, the food I tasted, and the things I learned are irreplaceable and unforgettable.

I checked in at Bromley Hall on Wednesday and headed up to my dorm room, not knowing what to expect. My roommate, Asia, is a newbie on The Chronicle staff, but I had never met her before. It turns out that Asia and I got along very well, and we never went to bed before 2 AM because we were always up talking (this seemed like a good idea until we were brutally woken up by our alarms at 6 AM). Serina, another newbie on staff, was in the room next door to me and Asia, so we shared a bathroom. Serina’s roommate was a girl from the Toledo area and we all instantly became friends. On the last night of the workshop, we pushed two twin beds together in the dorm room and fit five people (the fifth person was Lily, a Mason student also attending the camp). It was such a fun night and I don’t think I will ever forget that.

Selfie stick with Lily and Serina
Selfie stick with Lily and Serina

Although each day at Ohio University was crammed with lectures and classes (our biggest break inbetween was 15 minutes), we made the most of the experience and I didn’t want to go home. I wasn’t homesick, I was actually a bit sick of home.

Not only did my relationships with Chronicle staff members grow, I met new people and I wouldn’t trade that for the world. After all, meeting new people is one of my favorite things and I think it helps me become more cultural and open minded. Asia and I worked on our newsroom project with a girl who was attending OU in the fall and she was so easy to work with it, which really helped when we constructed our video and story as a team (I would blog about our story, but it contains vulgar language because it was about cursing). I met a boy that used to live in Massachusetts, just like me, and we had so many things in common that it shocked both of us. I met a few college students that were helping out during the workshop and they gave me insight as to what it was like to attend Ohio University and be in the journalism school. Barbara Perenic, a photographer for the Columbus Dispatch and an Ohio University alum, sat down with some of us at lunch and really spoke to us about her college experience at OU and the work that has come out of it.

From left to right: Lily Vardanyan, Meghan Pottle, Matt Marvar, Serina Cline, Eric Miller, Asia Porter
From left to right: Lily Vardanyan, Meghan Pottle, Matt Marvar, Serina Cline, Eric Miller, Asia Porter

Overall, I’ve learned just a few AMAZING things from the OU workshop:

  • Insomnia cookies are the best cookies to order at 10 p.m.
  • Avalanche Pizza isn’t really the “best pizza in the world”
  • Kylie really doesn’t know how to spell
  • Morning strolls with friends are a great way to start the day
  • Make the best of everything & make each moment count
  • Selfie sticks are great things to have
  • The work you put in, is the work you get out
From left to right: Meghan Pottle, Erin McElhenny, Lily Vardanyan, Serina Cline
From left to right: Meghan Pottle, Erin McElhenny, Lily Vardanyan, Serina Cline

Thank you, fellow Chronicle staff members. I had an amazing experience with all of you & I can’t wait until we get to work together everyday!

Photo taken by Lucas Reilly
Photo taken by Lucas Reilly
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