Honestly, it feels like I’ve been away now for months on end from my hometown, but here’s my thoughts on this camp seven days later. At first, the camp was pretty stressful – writing scripts until 2 am and only getting four hours of sleep consequently ; running around for four hours looking for that one, perfect shot ; and the endless leg cramps I would get from sitting the majority of the day. I can say that the camp hasn’t really gotten less stressful over time, but the other campers and I have just learned to tolerate this learning environment.
The teaching method that Professor Collins taught us was, quite… strict. We learned LOTS of formatting things about writing scripts and how to do roles present in a television studio like Richmond Studios that we spent the majority of the time in. There was lots of yelling, and some campers cried during lunch because it was that stressful. I felt like I’ve learnt a lot things about journalism, but the method of teaching was quite interesting. I ever felt like I actually had any “free time,” as the majority of the time we had to work on scripts or shoot film for our packages or we had to take interviews for our VOSOTVOs. One camper quoted the experience perfectly, “it feels like we’re working a nine to five without getting paid.”
Despite being a College of Media, almost no emails were sent to me about roommates, schedules, and really anything else about the camp experience despite promising that in the application and in the confirmation email. It wasn’t until I got into the camp that I really knew the people who were in the camp.
I wouldn’t trade the experiences for the world. The friends I’ve made during this camp will last, hopefully, for a long time. I feel extremely ready if I would need to get an internship or another opportunity that would require the skills that I learned during this camp. Seriously, this experience was amazing.