Beginning of Senior Year

The insanely slow road to building a blog (and why most people give up)

Building a successful blog is hard. There’s a lot more to it than simply creating a blog and writing your first post. For starters, readers won’t show up just because you’re writing. You have to tell people about your work if you want them to care. But a lot of what it takes to build a successful blog is just being good at showing up. Over and over. For a long, long time.

Source: The insanely slow road to building a blog (and why most people give up)

Things I Loved About Montage: The Goofiness

For those of you that don’t know me personally, I recently attended the Miami Montage program at the University of Miami. At Miami Montage, student journalists from all around Florida are chosen to spend three weeks at the University of Miami where they write for UM’s annual publication; every year only 20 students are chosen. You can imagine my surprise and excitment when I got accepted! So, for the past three weeks I’ve been writing, researching, interviewing, filming, photographing- the basics of journalism. Attending this program ultimately reminded me of why I loved journalism in the first place, so I decided I would do a short series on my blog, titled “Things I Loved About Montage” so that those future students that apply can have a small sneak peak into what they’re getting themselves into.

So, now that my super long introduction has been written, let’s take a look at why these past three weeks have been phenomenal.

Number Four: The Goofiness

Memes: everybody loves them and everybody can’t stand them. Regardless, the laughs I shared with my fellow journalists and counselors made Montage that much funnier and relatable. Now I won’t go on a rant about how much I enjoy memes (which I do, with a passion), but I have to admit that something that made Montage such a great experience for me were the inside jokes that we created within those three weeks.

Also, since this is a short post, I will be posting a video that Maile made which was a combination of jokes we made.

Things I Loved About Montage: Maile Wobb

For those of you that don’t know me personally, I recently attended the Miami Montage program at the University of Miami. At Miami Montage, student journalists from all around Florida are chosen to spend three weeks at the University of Miami where they write for UM’s annual publication; every year only 20 students are chosen. You can imagine my surprise and excitment when I got accepted! So, for the past three weeks I’ve been writing, researching, interviewing, filming, photographing- the basics of journalism. Attending this program ultimately reminded me of why I loved journalism in the first place, so I decided I would do a short series on my blog, titled “Things I Loved About Montage” so that those future students that apply can have a small sneak peak into what they’re getting themselves into.

So, now that my super long introduction has been written, let’s take a look at why these past three weeks have been phenomenal.

Number Three: The Relationship I Built With Maile

While not everybody that has attended or will attend Montage will get to meet Maile Wobb personally, I feel that everyone has met or will meet their own version.  Maile Wobb is the person you see in summer camp and think that you won’t make friends with them, but after talking to them, find out that they are as much of a nerd as you are. It was fate (or perhaps maybe the seating chart) that led me to Maile, a talented young woman with a strange, yet oddly enjoyable taste in music (80’s rock). While working on our own projects in Montage, we offered each other equal amounts of help and jokes; never was there a moment where me and Maile weren’t laughing at some dumb thing one of us happened to say, or some backhanded compliment Trevor (I’ll get into him in another post) said to a student.

While I only spent three weeks with Maile, I think that those three weeks would have not been the same without her. I knew that I wanted to get along with at least one person (I did it it with everyone really, but that’s besides the point), however I didn’t know I was going to get along so well.

I’m sure all of those that have attended Montage had a Maile Wobb of their own, but to those that are going to attend it in the future, I say this: don’t be afraid to stray from whatever and whoever you are familiar with. this way you just might find a Maile Wobb of your own.

Super Mario Maker And Zelda: Tri Force Heroes Win Awards At Gamescom

My Nintendo News

The team over at Gamescom have put up their annual award list for best of show and Super Mario Maker and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes have both picked up awards. Super Mario Maker won the best Wii U game and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes won the best mobile game. You can check out the full list of winners, below.

Best of Gamescom
Star Wars Battlefront (Electronic Arts)

Most Wanted Consumer Award
Star Wars Battlefront (Electronic Arts)

Best Console Game Sony Playstation
Star Wars Battlefront (Electronic Arts)

Best Console Game Microsoft Xbox
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami Digital Entertainment)

Best Console Game Nintendo Wii
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Role Playing Game
Dark Souls 3 (Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Racing Game
Forza Motorsport 6 (Microsoft)

Best Action Game
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami Digital Entertainment)

Best Simulation Game

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Things I Loved About Montage: The Counselors

For those of you that don’t know me personally, I recently attended the Miami Montage program at the University of Miami. At Miami Montage, student journalists from all around Florida are chosen to spend three weeks at the University of Miami where they write for UM’s annual publication; every year only 20 students are chosen. You can imagine my surprise and excitment when I got accepted! So, for the past three weeks I’ve been writing, researching, interviewing, filming, photographing- the basics of journalism. Attending this program ultimately reminded me of why I loved journalism in the first place, so I decided I would do a short series on my blog, titled “Things I Loved About Montage” so that those future students that apply can have a small sneak peak into what they’re getting themselves into.

So, now that my super long introduction has been written, let’s take a look at why these past three weeks have been phenomenal.

Number Two: The Counselors

While my idea of summer camp counselors was angsty young adults being paid to handle other people’s children, the staff at Montage brilliantly proved me wrong! I think one of the best parts of montage were the counselors themselves, since they not only gave you a sense of how the real world is like, but also showed you how fun being a young adult are. I could write a very detailed description of why all the counselors were great on their own, but that would take away from the point I’m trying to make, which is this: they all worked as a team and kicked a** doing it.

Yes, some were skilled in certain areas, while others were skilled in others, but that’s what made them such a great group to work with; if you had any sort of problem, you had a large variety of talented people to choose from. They always encouraged me and other students, no matter if we failed or achieved our goal, and they did all this with a positive attitude that brightened my entire experience.

If you’re attending montage in the future, I encourage you to make friends with the students you’re working with, but also the counselors that make all this team work possible; an extraordinary combo of young adults, they all made me excited to be one myself (and maybe become a future counselor for montage!).