Last Day HSI Overview

So, today is the last day, which we keep reminding eachother even though none of us really want to think about it. These last three weeks have been some of the greatest in my life. Here’s a breif overview:

Classes: My classes have been… interesting. I will admit that at first I didn’t like either of them, but in the end, they both grew on me. I don’t want to leave now. I don’t plan on studying in either of my class areas in the future, but I did learn really valuable skills. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge.

Adults: The adults in this program are great. Sure, the P.C.’s strictness with the rules might cause some of us to role our eyes, but it’s all out of love. We know that they have our best interests in mind, and they are all wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for better people to guide us through this program. They made the whole experience welcoming and fun.

College: Ever since I was little, it was a sure thing that I would be going to college, and I also thought it was a sure thing that I would NOT under any cercumstances be going to a college in Wyoming. However, after living at UW for three weeks with some of the coolest people in the state, I have changed my mind. The University of Wyoming went from not even being on my college list to being possibly my top choice. I love this campus. I feel so at home here, like it’s where I belong. It’s the perfect mix of not too big and not too small, not to far from home and not too close…it’s like Baby Bear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Anyways, my experience on campus was awesome, to say the least (except maybe the six flights of stairs).

Back Home: Naturally, I am going to suggest HSI to everyone back home. This was such a wonderful program. I learned so much, not only school things but other things as well. HSI helped my strengthen my confidence and ability to reach out to other people and try new things, whether it be a new kind of chicken at Washakie or attempting to use computer technology to analyze landscapes. I hope to come back and be a PC when I get older so I can help make other people’s HSI experience as good as mine was!

Last, But Not Least…The People: Hands down, the greatest part of HSI was the people. From PC’s to seminar leaders to teachers to other campers, I loved every single person I met. Each person here is brilliant and unique. It was so amazing to be able to be a part of a such a wonderful group of people. At this camp, I have made some amazing friendships as well as breifly met some people I might meet again later in life. I have a feeling many of us will see eachother over the years, and I think it is so cool that we will always have the companionship that comes along with being in this program together. I know this camp was supposed to be centered on classes, but really? Who are we kidding? The best and most important part was the friendships we made and the way we were able to further define who we each are. These three weeks have been very special to me, and I want to thank all of the people who were a part of them. RockiesGame AbeAbe AccordianGuy AlexJames AndyLandscape AspenTree AustinCodyLeviService AustinHunterBowling AustinMarissa AustinSlow BeckaWindow BunnyShadows ChrisDoor ChrisDoorLaugh ChrisDoorSmile ChrisTable CodyLeviService CodyStop CourtneyBrick CubeSolve DancePhotoBomb EmilyMarieCourtneyBricks IsaiahAlley IsaiahAlley2 IsaiahAlley3 ItalianDinner KamilleWeed KamilleWeed2 KillerSquirrel KiteFlying LeviKite MikeService NicoleService ParkerAustinLeviCodyHunterSwag PhotoClassShadow QuintonCave QuintonCaveBlackWhite QuintonLionKing QuintonPlayground QuintonTrain ReoFlag ReoQuintonPoleDance RockiesGame SteffanyWeeds TalynWheelchair TrainBench UWBuilding WindowWashers




Media Stereotypes

It kind of bothers me that there are so many stereotypes in the media. What really bugs me, though, is that as a child I didn’t even question what I was viewing on telelvision and simply accepted all of the stereotypes. I don’t really think that kids should be taught that groups of people are different from them. Instead, it should be accepted that every individual has unique qualities.

Web Heads: The Age of “Multitasking”

At HSI, I see a lot of kids online all of the time, “multitasking” with their media. This is easier to do here because the college doesn’t have as many rules that regulate what students are doing. In school, I always try to be completely involved in the lecture so that I can learn the topic, do my homework, and ace the test. However, I will admit that I pay slightly less attention if it is not for a grade or if I think I already know what a teacher is teaching. This is a mistake, though.
When people “multitask,” they aren’t really multitasking. Their brain is just rapidly switching from one task to the next, and this rapid change of focus can cause people to make silly mistakes. I usually try to remind myself to do “one thing at a time” because I know that I can only do my best if I am focused. But I do have problems with it. I like to listen to music, doodle, check facebook, get a snack, text people…etc. When I really need to do something, like study for a test, I turn off all of my electronics and focus on what I am doing. But, yes, I get distracted very easily, and I’ve realized that I need to learn how to concentrate and discipline myself better so that I can continue to work efficiently.


So, the bowling alley that I am assuming we are going to tonight, Laramie Lanes, was founded in 1957 by Pete Burns. (Historical fact of the day.) According to their website, they just renevated the facility. They also have a bar there, but that does not pertain to us.
Anyways, tonight isn’t the night of “Rock, Glow, and Bowl,” which is basically a big bowling party… that’s tomorrow night, but I still think we’ll have a lot of fun.
Personally, I am a terrible bowling. I went bowling right before I came to HSI with some of my friends from Buffalo, and I got a 36. Whoot-whoot. Ha. I hope I’m not the only one who is going to want the gaurd rail things that block the gutters because I need those! Anyways, I am super excited! See you there!


I personally don’t watch TV. So, I really don’t care what MTV puts out there. I think the personalities of the Mook and the Midriff were interesting, though.
The Mook, a teenaged male who is portrayed as inappropriate and masculine, seems to be a class clown blown out of proportion. I think that there really are a lot of guys like that out there, and I think that many guys have an “inner Mook.” Ha. Anyways, this character is easy to be drawn to because he doesn’t take anything seriously and can be seen as original and adventurous, even though he really is neither.
On the other hand, the Midriff is a female girl who is overly sexualized. I think that this persona is also very common in today’s society. The age of Midriffs keeps getting lower and lower, and it’s sad to see a ten-year-old girl worried about how “hot” she looks. I don’t think that it is okay to neglect the fact that there is more to a girl (to anyone) than her body.
Anyways, although I don’t think the either the Mook or the Midriff are good characters to promote, I think that MTV has a right to produce what it wants and that it is up to the people to choose what they watch.

Reo Radford

Usually, when teenaged boys talk about the sports they play, they try to act all macho, but for Reo Radford, the best thing about playing soccer is having fun with his team and competing.

Reo, starting Junior Varsity defender, claims that his team “is honestly like family. They are just a bunch of guys that go out and have fun. Everybody knows everybody.”

Although Reo has personal goals like making the state team and lettering, he says, “I just want to do the best that I can to help the team forward.”

Reo started playing soccer when he was in first grade and played on the “Go Wyo” youth club team. He continued to play until fifth grade, but then he took a “four-year hiatus” because he didn’t have the time or motivation to play again.

Referring to middle school, Reo states, “I just had a lot more homework. I wasn’t used to it.”

After three years without soccer, during his freshman year in high school, Reo saw soccer listed on the school activities and decided to play to see how much he had retained throughout middle school. Also, Reo admits that a major factor in his choice to play again was that soccer was simply better than track.

This past spring, Reo was able to get some significant Varsity playing time and even started a varsity game against Newcastle.

“I was pretty pumped for that,” Reo recalled about his Varsity start.

Reo’s family doesn’t play soccer, but his parents and grandparents try to make it to as many games as possible.

Reo’s coach and teammates are also supportive.

During a game, Reo’s favorite advice from his Coach is “Kick the ball!”

Reo’s favorite teammate, Dustin, “knows a way to make everything fun.” Reo appreciates his team for being so encouraging.

Although Reo likes to have fun with his team, he says, “I go out there and try to make it as real as possible in pre-game warm-ups.”

Even with all of this preparation, it is understandable that Reo, as a sophomore, might get a little nervous before a big game.

He admitted that “if you’ve got a big senior running at you with a soccer ball, you’re first instinct is to curl up into a ball and let them hop over you,” but he believes that “if you just hold strong and don’t let them juke around you and make you look like an idiot out there on the field, then you can go and compete with anybody you want.”

Reo plans to continue playing soccer throughout high school, but then go to college “just to be a student, not an athlete.”

However, with his love for the sport, Reo plans to play intermural and club games.

To hear Reo’s story in his own words, click here.