Why did you decide to study at The School of The New York Times?
I decided to study at The School of The New York Times because I knew this program would be different. As a high schooler, students are bombarded with multiple different pamphlets in the mail advertising programs that you don’t even have to apply for. I knew that I did not want to do a program like that. I did a ton of research on summer programs and The School of The New York Times was by far the best one. It had everything I wanted: a wonderful location, interesting courses, and prestigious faculty.
Which course did you take and why?
I took Inside the Hill: Government, Law, and Ethics in Washington DC because I wanted a course that combined all of my interests (government, law, and ethics), and this course did perfectly.
If you had to name one thing that you learned from your time here, what is that one takeaway that will stay with you?
365体育备用网址The one key takeaway that will stay with me from my time here is that if you don’t ask, the answer is always no. I remember talking to my professor after I had asked Jim Acosta a question about our class project and she said that exact quote and it really resonated with me. During my experience at The School of The New York Times, I was able to do some many amazing new things just because I raised my hand and said “Sure, I’ll do it.” This is a lesson that will stick with me forever.
What was your favorite site visit?
My favorite site visit was the Newseum because I got to meet Jim Acosta. He was having a talk there for his new book when we were having our site visit, so my friends and I decided to go see the talk. At the end of the talk, it was opened up to questions, so I decided to go up and ask Jim Acosta a question about our final project for the course I was taking. So pretty much Jim Acosta helped me with my homework.
Who was the most memorable guest speaker?
365体育备用网址The most memorable guest speaker was Clark Neily, a libertarian lawyer who works for the Cato Institute. He argued the first Second Amendment case to the Supreme Court. This pretty much means that he argued the case that made the Supreme Court give their opinion on guns. Although I did not agree with most of what Mr. Neily had to say, it was so interesting hearing from someone with his perspective. He is a firm believer in personal liberties and having the Constitution being interpreted as it was written. He also was very open to answering all of our many questions.
What were your faculty like?
My faculty was amazing! My two professors were actual college law professors, so they had endless knowledge on the topics we were learning. Also, my Academic Room Assistant was absolutely great and knew so much about the topics we were learning as well.
What does The New York Times mean to you?’
365体育备用网址The New York Times used to mean to me a reliable news source. It used to mean news notifications on my phone and a source I would go to get constant information for debate. And it still means all of those things to me. But now it means even more. It means a place where I met some of the best people I have ever met in my life and made some friends I will have forever. It means a community of people who are just as curious and eager to learn as I am. It means learning something that both challenges me and excites me at the same time. It means the best two weeks of my life.
What does it mean to you to study in DC?
365体育备用网址Studying in DC was absolutely amazing! It was amazing to be able to study in a place where everything that you were learning about was actually happening. We were learning about Congress and then actually got to go see Congress in session, which is something I will never forget.
What do you think you want to be when you grow up?
Before I came to the School of The New York Times, I was dead set on going into medicine. I even had my majors in college decided: a biology major with a minor in political science. But after having two law professors teach me, I am now questioning my original plan. I am now really considering going into law after learning Constitutional Law from two law professors.