Reflection Post

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 appliesĀ 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.



Media Consumerism and Social Media Marketing

This is a blog discussing the PBS Frontline episode “Generation Like.” This 50 minute video talks about the ways in which social media users often engage in advertising, and are basically doing “free labor” by liking a company’s page on Facebook or clicking on a YouTube video with an ad on it. The thing that spoke to me the most in this video was definitely the YouTube sections in which it showed famous YouTubers collaborating to get more views by association. The reason why this spoke to me specifically was because my friend and I have been talking about starting a YouTube channel in order to get money for college, and just for fun. I think this video really depicted not only companies but online celebrities in a negative light when it came to how much money they get. I know the video’s main point was so that kids are made aware of the media, but the video was kind of phrased in a negative way (just from certain words it used). It’s good to be skeptical about media, I can’t deny that, but these companies need to get money somehow.

I personally don’t feel like I’m being used by the media since I haven’t really liked/shared anything about stores, apps, etc. If I am being used by it, I don’t really mind. I feel like it’s not “free labor” since you’re getting the latest updates on clothes, or entertainment from YouTube, or even those rewards apps that give you coupons. That’s why teens engage in this consumer marketing in the first place.

I think advertising going to social media is ethical and acceptable. No one really reads it, but almost every social media website has terms and conditions that make it quite clear companies can get away with this type of stuff. Also, no one’s forcing teens/adults to like Target or Walmart. It’s honestly a very good business strategy.

A negative consequence of online advertising came out of the Facebook drama in 2016. In 2016, Facebook reportedly sent out information to help the Trump campaign by giving Trump supporters ads centered around the things they liked. This is a negative consequence because no matter what your political beliefs are, that’s still going to be our president. Our votes are being influenced by media, and that’s a bad thing. A positive consequence is the consumer getting rewards like stated before.

The Snowies

On 6/25/18, our multi media class went to the Snowy Mountain Range! This trip was super fun, and SO pretty! Seriously, everyone should come to this place to really experience how gorgeous it is since my photos don’t really do the place justice. It was a really laid back trip so nothing was challenging. I thought it was exciting climbing up the mountain, and looking down at all the pretty scenery and colors. It is BEAUTIFUL there! So much natural light and colors! (Ice cream afterwards was also good).

Shot of a lake and some mountains (rule of thirds).
Focus shot of some dandelions.
Cool trees there (leading lines, patterns, and viewpoint).
I think this one is a really nice shot of a small house/building that was abandoned there. The black and white just made it look better, and creepier, almost like it was taken a long time ago! (Texture and patterns).
Full-view shot of lake and some trees. It was more beautiful in real life, though! (Color and depth).
High up shot of the lake. (Leading lines, color, and depth).
Picture of Katy (thanks for posing for this weird photo for me)! (Establishing size).
Photo of a small stream on the mountain. The water kind of looks like sparkles! (leading lines, color, and texture).
High up shot (Rule of thirds and color).
Shot of a path and rocks (Leading lines).

Conservatory Photos

On 6/22/18, our media literacy class went to the conservatory on campus! It was very interesting in there, and it was exciting seeing plants that I’ve never seen before. Lots of photo opportunities arose in the conservatory since all the plants in there have cool colors and textures. Natural light was also a plus in there, since it was shining through the many windows. However, some parts of the conservatory were shaded, hiding some of the plants. Shaded pictures can be neat, but they’re really hard to take! I found this location interesting due to the fact, as stated before, all the plants in there are so fun with all the textures and colors they share.

Plant shot focusing on color. It was a very pretty plant in real life!
I decided to make this shot black and white because of all the different stuff happening in this photo. I think this picture is either depth or background.
This is a shot of some leaves that’s showing focus.
Shot of a plant in there up close (focus). They look like blueberries!
Up close succulent shot (Texture).
Shot of some cactus needles (focus and patterns).
Shot of a fruit in the conservatory, sorta looks like a mandarin, but I’m not completely sure (color and background).
Odd plant(?) (Focus and texture).

Media Routine

When I wake up, the first thing I usually do is check my phone for the time and notifications. I’m on my phone almost all the time back home, so I’m exposed to quite a bit of internet culture as well as politics. The media I typically encounter while on the internet are memes and news stories really showing the worst in people. These two together kind of made me have a pessimistic view on the world and society. I still believe that humans are ultimately good, but the media really likes to hide that from us. We’re directly exposed to certain ideals, stories, and people in the News. We’re also indirectly assigned our political beliefs by our parents without our knowledge. Newer generations are beginning to realize that we don’t have to be exactly like our parents. With that, I also feel a loss of respect given to elders now a days which I don’t think is right. I agree that we don’t have to agree with our elders, but I think we should still respect them.

A lot of my media consumption is politics and News stories. I personally get my News sources from the Wall Street Journal or even just the News button on my phone. I use these News sources because Wall Street Journal tends to be unbiased, and the News on iPhones are up-to-date with all the recent events. I typically believe in the Wall Street Journal because it usually doesn’t show a bias, but I still read other articles on the subject to come up with an opinion for myself. My parents also influence my opinion on certain things, namely my father. However, I disagree with him about a lot of things still, despite him trying to sway me. Sometimes it just comes down to different morals.

Along with News and politics, a lot of my media consumption is centered around entertainment. My favorite entertainment sources are definitely YouTube and Netflix. I also love video games. I use these entertainment sources simply because of the fact that they make me happy. There’s just so much you can do on the internet now a days that I can spend hours just browsing it. I spend a lot of my time with entertainment throughout the day, and I know that’s a problem. The constant entertainment doesn’t interfere with my academic or social life, though. I have maintained a 4.0 so far through out high school, and my friends and I actually connect MORE through media. Also, my parents don’t really regulate my media consumption, just criticize me for it. I wouldn’t say they were more lenient now, it’s just the fact that I wasn’t as tech-savvy when I was seven then I am now.

I definitely need more time away from media, and HSI has made me really understand that. Being away from my phone here has made me realize that I don’t need the media constantly, but still can enjoy it. My quantity of media and the quality of it both need to be improved. I need to take some time out of the day to not be on my phone, and while on my phone I need to look at more positive things. Being at HSI has made me understand the world differently, and see it with a bit more color.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Going to the Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne was an interesting experience. It was cool seeing the complete cycle on how the papers’ were made. I think my favorite part of the trip was seeing how they recycled the papers. One part I thought was a bit sad was them asking what kids are into these days. Generations are slowly starting to loose interest with paper-news since they can just look up an article on their phones now. “Our fans are dying of old age”- to quote one of the reporters there. I think to appeal to the younger generations, they can probably start a Snapchat and do “mini news stories.” Their stories can be full of 10 second long segments of fun and interesting things, going over it briefly. People my age sadly don’t have that long of an attention span. However, if we see a 10 second clip of say a fire in Laramie on a Snapchat story, we’ll be more motivated to read the paper to get the full picture.

These are some of the pictures taken while in the Wyoming tribune eagle

Focus and rule of thirds shot of some newspapers. This room included files of all the news stories over the past decades, and some were HUGE.
Viewpoint and leading lines shot of one of the machines. I took it from the window to get the full shot.
Focus and framing shot of a door behind a fence in one of the rooms.
Focus and background shot of some plants on a filing cabinet.
Balancing elements and establishing size shot of the stairs to the printing press. It’s three stories high!
Sorta scary focus and framing shot of the garbage room. I’m glad I didn’t drop my phone!


Thanks for reading!

Vedauwoo Photography

Vedauwoo Photos

These are some photos taken at vedauwoo near Laramie

warning: The first and last photos are pretty adorable. Viewer discretion is advised.

Vedauwoo was actually a lot of fun! Climbing up one of the mountains was surprisingly fun. Climbing back down, however… wasn’t too fun. I had trouble climbing back down because I thought I saw just going to fall down the steep rocks. It was a better trip than I thought it would be, though! This trip taught me to look at the world differently. Everywhere I looked I thought “what can be a photo?” It’s interesting to have a photography mindset when looking at nature.

(My favorite part of the trip was definitely the chipmunk)


This is a photo of a chipmunk we saw there, and it was so cute! I used texture and symmetry/patterns.
This is a photo of an old log I saw while at Vedauwoo. I used texture and color.
This is a photo of one of the mountains there from ground view. I used depth and color.
This is a photo of the trail we walked on with one of the mountains in the back. I used leading lines, color, and background.
This is a photo of one of the many interesting rock formations at Vedauwoo along with some trees. I used rule of thirds and framing.
This is a higher up shot of the mountains and rocks there, along with the bridge and some trees. In this I used depth, color, and viewpoint.
This is a picture of some flowers I saw there. I used focus, color, and background.
This is a photo of the bridge we saw there. One might ask: what is the point of this bridge? The answer: no one really knows. I used framing and background.
This is a ground shot of the mountain at Vedauwoo from far away. I used rule of thirds and viewpoint.
This is a the last photo I got at Vedauwoo. It’s a shot of a mountain, come flowers, and some trees. I used color, framing, and there’s also a bit of a leading line that the path to the right makes.


Bonus Chipmunk Photos

Look how small he is!
“Did someone say almonds?”

Nature Photos

Photography Day 1

I learned a lot about photography today. Namely that it’s a lot harder than it seems. There’s so many things that makes a photo come alive, and so many techniques photographers use. Color, framing, lighting, viewpoint, cropping, texture, and contrast are just some of the many composition tips that photographers use. So much skill and talent goes into a photographer’s work, and every picture is analyzed. However, out of every 1,000 photos one might take, only around five pictures actually turn out looking good. I chose my own personal top five photos I took today. I was really inspired by nature, and I liked the idea of using natural light.


Lighting from the suns rays, color with the grass counteracting the brown of the trees, and maybe some depth since some trees are in the forefront while some are in the back. This is just a picture of some trees in Prexy’s pasture.
Lighting from the sun, establishing size since the tree is much larger in comparison to the photographer, and viewpoint because the tree almost appears to be reaching the sky. Photo of the tree and sky.
Lighting with shadows and I tried to do texture with the tree and grass as well. Picture of a tree and the shadows it made.
Color, patterns on the building, and framing because the building is in between the two trees on the sides (My personal favorite photo I took today). Picture of one of the buildings at UWYO.
Depth because the building is behind the trees and a color contrast between the green trees and brown building. Photo of building and some trees.

HSI Initial Thoughts


This is my very first blog and I’m so excited to make more posts in the future. It’s actually classes such as this one that initially got me interested in HSI. When I heard about HSI from my close friends, I thought it was a fun and exciting way to see what college will be like, and possibly find out what I would like to do as a career. So far this idea has come true! It’s the 3rd day…ish of HSI and I’ve already met some amazing people, and I can tell I’m going to have a great time.

The nomination process upon coming here was pretty straightforward. My friends and I actually applied together, and even sent each other our essays to proofread. We worked together, which paid off in the end because we all managed to get in! We all wanted to participate in HSI for three reasons:

1) Experience what college will be like
2) find out more about a certain subject
3) have fun

I hope out HSI teaches me more about technology and the media, particularly from this class. I love technology so I want to figure out if I could maybe make a career out of something having to do with it. Classes like this will hopefully help me see what jobs there might be out there. I actually love things like photography and media studies. I also expect to learn a lot from the students around me. I don’t want them to teach me how to do math and stuff (though that would be cool). The people around me will hopefully teach me about different perspectives on things, and social skills. I hope to learn who I am here. I’m only a junior, yes, but I still haven’t figured out what I want to do yet. I hope that HSI could help me figure this out.

The HSI experience so far has been amazing. Everyone here has been so nice, and that’s not just the teachers and PCs. The people attending here along with me are all so accepting which is fantastic. This is not what I was expecting. I’m more of an introvert, but I’ve still already managed to make great friends.

There isn’t a lot about HSI that I’m NOT looking forward too. The main thing I’m not looking forward too though is Vedauvoo… I’m scared of heights so mountain climbing and hiking are difficult for me.


Upon Reading Past Students’ Blogs

When reading the past HSI students blogs, I felt the most insightful advice they gave was to be out there and social. I personally need to work on this, but hopefully I can overcome my shyness much like the kids previously did. The thing that surprised me about past students blogs is how sad they were upon leaving. Don’t get me wrong, HSI is great so far, but I’m not really attached to the people or this place yet. It’s interesting to see the last blog of people who have been here for the three weeks. I wonder: Will I end up feeling the same way upon leaving?


Well that’s about it! Thanks for reading!

Small park near the train depot we have in town.


Downtown Rawlins