As as student of Mill River Union High School for the past five years, I’ve had many amazing
opportunities brought to my attention. These opportunities were presented to me by the
resourceful and reliable faculty Mill River has to offer.
I’m especially thankful for the opportunity to participate in an amazing journalism
program. The program took place during summer over a two week period at Boston University.
This was was so special to me considering I’m aspiring to have an occupation in the field of
journalism. The two weeks of classes is arranged by an organization called the New England
Center for Investigative Reporting. Their goal through this program is to involve more youth in
the field of journalism, considering how recent studies show it is a dying profession. Though it
was a program for high schoolers, we were in the college buildings taking classes every single
day, we even had an article to write the first night there.
When I was accepted into the program, sometime around February, I never thought I
would consider going to college in Boston, I just thought it would be a great experience. Even
after a few days in Boston and in classes, I still had no intentions of even applying to BU next
year. Slowly but surely the campus, the people, and the city grew on me and I was head over
heels for everything and anything BU.
My classes were something that definitely excited me each and everyday. Starting off
with Newswriting Basics, then a class on Interviewing and another on learning to Localize our
stories, everyday we had something knew to learn about. Some days we had guests come in to
speak, we even got to meet Mike Rezendes who works for the Boston Globe and was part of the
team that investigated and wrote for the scandal that inspired the movie Spotlight.
The goal of High School for some students is to get good grades, figure out what they
want to do for the rest of their lives, and find a college that fits them best. With the help of Mill
River, I found the perfect school for me that I’m so excited to hopefully continue my education
at. My next two years at Mill River I am confident I will gain the knowledge I need be accepted
to a great college.