Well, this is it. The last post I’ll make during HSI. It makes me reflect on the great memories I’ve created here. It’s been really fun in this class, and I’ll definitely miss it.
One lesson I learned in this class is that photography is subjective. Photography is a very diverse topic. It’s weird that the photos I thought were bad ended up being my best ones. You are your biggest critique, but I was surprised at what photos our teacher picked for the brunch we have at the end of HSI. Instead of choosing nature shots, they chose indoor shots for me. It made me feel… proud for some reason. I felt as though I didn’t take the generic route, and took cool photos dealing with texture and perspective. I wasn’t really on the level as the other students in the class, but I did try really hard. Another lesson I learned was to look at the worlds through a photographers eyes. This doesn’t just apply when taking photography, though. It applies to everyday life since looking at the world this way makes it 10 times more beautiful. You really see all the colors, texture, and scenery when you view the world in this way. The final lesson I’ve learned is to be more skeptical of the media. Though I didn’t really agree with it, “Generation Like” really made me think. The media is in a way using us. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is open for opinion, though.
My physical world class was experimental video and sound design. I loved this class! It was so interesting to experiment with Adobe Premiere and find out more about video art. One lesson I learned from the class is that art can be taken literally or metaphorically. This really became present when I was working on my final. I wanted to make a complex story, but still have it be a straightforward film. By having a literal or metaphorical meaning (depending on what the audience thinks) I was able to achieve this which I think is really neat. Another lesson I’ve learned in the class was that you don’t have to understand things for them to be art. Some of the video art pieces we watched in the class were weird to me, but they were considered to be masterpieces in the art world. The third lesson I’ve learned in the class was to try new things. I found out my favorite editing effects and techniques by doing this, and I wouldn’t have figured them out without experimenting with the program.
My favorite memory from HSI was going to the Snowies. The Snowy Mountain Range was so beautiful, and I still can’t get over how breathtaking the scenery was. Katy and I had hiked up a mountain, and the view was incredible. it was just a very relaxing trip, and it made me look at the world differently. I think the reason why this place left such an impression on me was because before I really didn’t like looking at scenery. I was sort of a shut in, as displayed by my pale skin. This trip, though, has definitely motivated me to go outside more. The world has never looked so beautiful before.
I think I’ve changed for the better upon coming to HSI. HSI forced me to go out of my comfort zone, but I’ve met such great and friendly people because of it. I’m an introvert, so it was weird to make so many friends. HSI also made me realize that my life doesn’t have to be spent online, and there’s a bright and beautiful world out there.
HSI has made me realize that the University of Wyoming is a great school. Everything has been amazing, and everyone is very friendly. The University also provides great opportunities for Wyoming students.
If I could re-live HSI, I would’ve participated in the talent show and also would’ve done more sign-up activities. I also would’ve taken more advantage over Washakie.
To my family: Thank you. Thank you for helping me get here. I wouldn’t have been able to have this great experience without you.