Four days into their NSLC experience, the students of the Journalism & Mass Communication program reflect on their time thus far. From the Newseum to the Nationals baseball game, the students writing the following reflections are currently taking classes in Directing & Acting for the Camera as well as Music Entertainment production.

Today we went to the Newseum in Downtown Washington, DC. It seemed like it was going to be the most boring thing, but I surprisingly enjoyed the field trip a tremendous amount. My favorite part of it was the Pulitzer Prize photos. The photos were amazing and had so many messages hidden beneath them. They were so incredibly touching that I cried numerous times when I visited the exhibits. I would recommend anyone over the age of 13 to see that exhibit some time in their life because it is a life-changing/eye opener experience. I know that it will be enjoyed by all.

— Morgan J, Chicago, IL

I was intrigued by our visit to the Newseum in Washington, DC, which features six floors of exhibits dedicated to the media, its history and how it affects the world. One section was about the World Trade Center, something that deeply touched me (partly because I live in NY) while another section displayed a huge collection of historic newspaper headlines dating back to the early 1900s, some of which were the beginning of WWI and WWII, the First Man on the Moon, and the inauguration of President Obama. The Newseum is one of the most interactive museums I’ve ever seen. It is definitely something I recommend visiting while in DC. It may broaden your perspective about how you view the world of journalism and media.

— Armand M, Suffern, NY

The TAs allow us to do hands-on activities instead of simply lecturing us. I feel that with the interactive programs I learn more. The field trips are very informative, I love that the TA’s allow us freedom while on the field trips so we can socialize and learn at the the same time. All of the field trips have been fun so far.

— Aepril S, Atlanta, GA

My experiences so far at NSLC have been everything that I could have dreamt of and more. Everyday I learn new things and meet fantastic people. After only a few days I have made friends that I know I’ll always keep in contact with. We’re all so alike and love being together, whether it’s for a planned activity or simply hanging out in our floor lounge. These people make the fantastic things that we learn and experience more exciting and enjoyable. Also, the events that we participate in as a whole group or just with our individual classes, are all extremely interesting, thought provoking, interactive, and truly fun. I think that I’m enjoying the things that we do so much because we’re doing things that we’re all thoroughly interested in, relating to journalism and mass communications. This doesn’t only include the subject of our individual class, but the media and world of communications as a whole, which is something that I personally appreciate. While I love the opportunities that I have with my directing and acting for the camera class, I’m also thoroughly interested in communications and issues or developments made within the field. I appreciate the fact that the TA’s and program gives us that kind of information as well. Overall, I can’t wait to keep learning, experiencing, and enjoying myself in D.C. and at NSLC.

— Nicole G, Darien, CT

The most memorable experience was when we went to the newseum. I thought it was really cool how they had that day’s newspaper shown from many different countries. The exhibits were very interesting and really cool to look at.

— Alecia G, Woodbridge, GA

Throughout the past few days, the Music Entertainment Production class has been learning a lot about creating and recording our own music. As all of us are musicians and are in the process of recording some songs of our very own, our teacher Greg Smith thought it might be useful to introduce us to Bob Boyle of National Public Radio. Bob shared with us what he as a musician and radio personality looks for in albums sent to him by hopeful artists across America, as well as what he finds unappealing in various demos. Bob gets sent over 150 albums a week and therefore takes less seriously those musicians who choose to add 30-40 second buildups in their first songs or those who attach miniature autobiographies to their discs.

Furthermore, he reminded us all that, above all else, as musicians we should pursue a career in music for our love of it rather than simply to achieve fame or fortune; a statement in which many popular musicians today should consider as well. We are all very thankful to Bob for stopping by and offering us his advise and I sincerely believe that I will able to go farther in my music career as a result of having met him.

— Sophia A, Mableton, Georgia