Dear Friends and Family,
I have been back in Boston since September to finish up my Masters degree…however, I have found another way to push back graduation until the end of summer! I am overwhelmingly excited to announce that I have been accepted into a program through Emerson that will send me to the Beijing Olympics this summer to support the Olympic News Service!!
I found out last Thursday night and will hopefully learn more within the next couple of weeks. What I do know is that I’ll be doing grunt work to help journalists formulate stories about the Olympics. Emerson describes it as “students will work side-by-side with professional staff to cover Olympic events, provide background information on athletes and competitions, and basically create Olympic news material for the international press who will be sending stories back to their homelands.”
Depending if I stay for the paralympics, I’ll be in Beijing from July 7 until the end of August or til mid-September. I’ll probably be assigned to a specific sport and there’s a chance that I’ll actually get to interview the athletes!
My participation is contingent upon passing an exam showing thorough expertise on whatever sport I’m assigned; however, I’m not going to let this stand in my way of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Part of the program is to take a prep course in the spring to cover Mandarin (just basic conversational), sports journalism, and China’s history and culture. I was selected based on an application, essay and interview. 143 students applied, 58 were interviewed and 25 selected. Emerson is one of 5 schools in the United States selected to send students in partnership with the Communication University of China of which will house us in its dorms.
As I get more information, I will keep everyone updated. I’m going to try blogging and see how it goes.
I hope this blog finds you well and enjoying fall! Have a wonderful veteran’s day!