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Diego, Student

Diego Gonzalez is a Summer Academy student from New Jersey and took our course, 'Photojournalism as Art.'


Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?

I first found out about SoNYT from an ad on Snapchat, and I was immediately interested. I mean, studying with a school sponsored by The New York Times sounded pretty cool and if I had the chance of even applying, I definitely would. So, I applied and surprisingly got in!

Which course did you take and why?

I took Photojournalism as Art at the NYC Campus, and I chose this course because I love both journalism and photography and getting to study both sounded like a great idea (and it really was!). I loved it and learned so much from my instructor, Jennifer Altman.

If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?

I learned a lot (and I mean a lot) during my time at SoNYT, but I think something I want to name is that I learned that there really are so many other sides to any story. What I mean is, everyone has their own story, and although everyone “knows” that, I think I really saw that come to life while I was at the School. I met a ton of people from different parts of the country and the world, and getting to know their stories really impacted me. It changed the way I see the world and the way I see and interact with people, and it is definitely something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Seeing so much diversity definitely inspired me to respect and to be more sensitive to each person that I cross paths with.

What was your favorite site visit?

365体育备用网址My favorite site visit was when we visited the Grand Central Terminal during class for an assignment. We were told to capture “A Day in the Life of a Commuter,” and it truly was impressive and kind of mind blowing to see so many people, everyone in their own world and with their own agenda, all in one place for so many different reasons.

Who was the most memorable guest speaker?

I think the most memorable speaker (in class) was a photographer who came in to talk about her career as a photojournalist. Her name is Sara Lewkowicz, and what was memorable about her was a story she had worked on about domestic abuse. The photo essay was captivating and showed the story of a young woman named Maggie who suffered domestic abuse in her relationship and the aftermath of such. Sara’s work was definitely a source of inspiration for the rest of the term as we all worked on mini photo essays for our final assignment.

What were your faculty like?

It is safe to say that the teaching faculty (as well as the rest of the staff) were definitely prepared and experienced. It was a privilege to learn from professionals and to be taken under their wings for two weeks and to be able to see how they work.

What does The New York Times mean to you?

When I think of The New York Times, I think of journalism, news, writing, New York City. The New York Times is very much one of the biggest newspapers in the country, and to be able to say I studied at the School of The New York Times fills me with pride and honor. So what does it mean to me? The New York Times means real journalism, dedication, passion, and social responsibility to me.

What does it mean to you to study in New York City?

365体育备用网址Ever since I first came to NYC almost five years ago, I fell in love with the city. Living so close to it, I’ve come to get to know the city better, but I am still in awe every time I go in. Going to college there is a dream of mine, so being able to get a taste of that while still in high school was amazing, and I am so happy I got the chance to. In such a diverse and culturally rich city, it is impossible to go a day without learning something new, and that is what I loved about studying there.

What do you think you want to be when you grow up?

I think I want to be a journalist when I grow up. I was the Editor-in-Chief of my school newspaper a while ago and it just felt good and right to write about different topics. Of course being a real journalist is a much, much harder job, but it is the job I want, and getting to study with The New York Times reassured me of that.

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