My experience from HSI overall has been pretty darn good. I’ve had a lot of fun here.
The class I’m sitting in now, Multimedia and Media Literacy, was a pretty fun class. I can say that I learned quite a bit. Some of the things that I will definitely remember are the field trips and the creative devices that we’ve used for picture taking. We went to Vedauwoo, The WTE in Cheyenne, and the Snowy Range Mountains.
I had the most fun when we went to Vedauwoo. Climbing the rocks to get up higher and higher and getting to the top was thrilling. I got some fantastic pictures when we went. I loved it so much there, I ended up going out to Vedauwoo like four times during HSI. I would’ve gone more, but I sprained my wrist at the Rollerskating place. That’s a whole other story though.
Snowy Range was quite different from Vedauwoo. There was several feet of snow, but it was pretty hot there. Being hot and cold at the same time was a strange sensation. We did more hiking there than we would at Vedauwoo, and the rocks were much, much smaller. There were also giant spider webs between every other rock and that was pretty terrifying. But it was so beautiful and was worth the pictures.
My math class in HSI was Number Theory. I, like most everyone else, had signed up for Robotics but didn’t get in it. But I’m pretty glad because Number Theory was a lot of fun. We spent a few days going over formulas and figuring things like greatest common divisor and messing with prime numbers. We were shown a lecture on Game Theory on YouTube from Yale University, which was pretty cool. We also went to the Geology Museum where they had an augmented reality sandbox, which I could’ve played with for hours. (Just google image search it, you’ll find it immediately.) We also went to “The Cave” where they had a 3D visualization room where you’d put on glasses and use a controller to control the objects in the games, and that was one of my favorite parts. And last, but definitely not least, we learned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube, mostly.
If you couldn’t tell from my second paragraph, my favorite memory from HSI is my experiences at Vedauwoo. We climbed the rocks as high as we could, and when we got back down we would eat s’mores at a fire and play card games. If you end up reading this blog on your first day and get this far, I would highly recommend going to Vedauwoo. It is definitely my favorite part of HSI.
If I’m being completely honest, HSI didn’t actually ‘change me as a person’. But it did help me a little bit with my social skills. Back in Rock Springs, I just have a small group of friends that I always hang out with, and while that’s not a bad thing, I think HSI has helped me be less socially awkward.
While I already was thinking about it, Seminar in particular helped me realize how quickly my future is coming. We discussed college and careers a lot, but nothing too specific. Part of it helped me realize more than I already do that it is necessary to get good grades in high school and strive for scholarships.
If I could re-live this HSI experience, I would be more out-going from the start. I thought that I would be excluded or made fun of for expressing my interest in Anime, a Japanese-style cartoon. I didn’t find out until three days until the camp was over that a few other students had an interest similar to mine in those kind of things. That sucked.
What will I tell everyone back home about HSI? To be perfectly honest, probably everything that I put in this blog and then more specifics about the endless amount of activities I did here in my free time. The first week was pretty slow, but these last two weeks have gone by so fast that I couldn’t tell you specifically what I did and when I did it.
Anyways, my overall experience at HSI has been pretty great. If you actually read this when you’re at HSI, I hope that you have as much fun as I did.