HSI Pictures-June 2015

HSI Experience

Roller skating with Lucia and Veronica: My two best friends that I met here at HSI.


“I think, therefore I am…I think?” class!


Bowling with Emily, Lucia, Maria, Veronica, Claire, and Cailin.


Rockies Game: Saturday June 20…won against the Brewers!

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Wyatt and I with Dinger.


Two of my favorite people ūüôā


Media field trip to the Snowy Range Mt.


Sean’s glasses on the bridge at the Snowies…the same bridge where he lost his phone in the river.

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Standing in the cold water of the Snowies.


The beautiful UW campus!


Engineering Hall where I had my media class.


UW Pride on the UW Campus!

HSI Day 10-Digital Media & Multitasking


Multitasking is one of the hardest tasks to do and if you add digital media to it, it becomes impossible. There is no possible way to focus on something such as a lecture, video, lesson, or anything else going on inside and outside of the classroom if a phone, computer, or personal device is being used.

From personal experience, I can not focus on what is being taught if I have a phone or computer in front of me.¬†If I am texting in class¬†then¬†I miss most of the lesson and if I have¬†a computer in front of me then I don’t come out of the classroom with a single piece of information that was taught that day.

The younger generations today think that they are amazing at being on social media and paying attention to the world around them. It has gone so far that now a phone is attached to the hand of millions of kids, students, and people around the world no matter where they are at. There is information that is being taught to people but is going in one ear and out another both in the classroom as well as in the workplace because of the presence of personal devices. During class, while doing homework, during meetings, while talking to others and also while walking¬†down hallways digital media is creating the stepping stone to the “multitasking” world in which we live in today. But is it really considered “multitasking”?

Multitasking is physically impossible for the brain because the brain can only process one set of information at a time as well as focus on one thing being done at a given moment. You may be watching a video in class and texting a friend, but to text a friend back your focus switches from the video to your phone and all the information taught in that short couple seconds isn’t registered and isn’t learned. So instead of multitasking, it is actually switching back and forth between activities rather than doing them at the same time.

Multitasking is a serious issue to the learning environment because it hinders the amount of information learned and hurts¬†our awareness of the world around us. Digital media doesn’t just hurt learning and information but stresses our brain. So no matter how much we think we may be getting done at once and how proud we may¬†be of our “great multitasking skills”, in the long run multitasking with digital media¬†hurts us more than it helps us.

HSI Day 8-Mooks and Midriffs in Media


Mooks and Midriffs are a constant body image that is portrayed on TV, in commercials, or in magazines. Mooks can be defined in males as, “a stupid or incompetent person” and a midriff is a “highly-sexualized” version of a mook. Although “Mooks and Midriffs” have changed over the years they are still present in commercials as well as among singers and actors.

Many commercials get the hot, young, innocent, and almost ditzy girls to be the ones who market products and in many comedy TV shows¬†the main character is a stupid, “incompetent”¬†boy. The¬†mooks and midriffs of these commercials and shows is suppose to appeal to the¬†generations¬†and kids¬†in which they are trying to reach out to.

Often times singers¬†can be considered¬†“Mooks and Midriffs” because of the way they show off their body in concerts, at¬†premiers, and at celebrity events. Britney Spears¬†would have¬†been considered a midriff when she still did shows because of the lack of clothes she wore, the entertainment she portrayed, and the way she tried to appeal to the younger generations.

Personally, I don’t understand why companies and corporations would use stupidity to reach out to their customers. It is an insult to everyone who watches it and to every young person because it is stereotyping that all kids are stupid, sexual, and incompetent. What I don’t understand even more than the company’s approach is why it actually works and captures the attention of young viewers.

I think there is a better why to advertise products and create better marketing strategies than silently insulting the younger generations. I would suggest that companies use smart, intelligent kids that don’t purposely hurt themselves to get attention. There can be funny kids that make people laugh without being stupid. But what do I know about advertisement and marketing; I’m just a stupid, incompetent, “highly sexualized” teenage girl.


HSI Day 7-Generation Like and Corporate Marketing


The younger generations these days and the generations coming up are considered the¬†‘like’ generation.¬†Instead of¬†having a¬† personal relationship, friendship, or¬†even an argument¬†face to face, everything happens on social media where ‘likes’, ‘tweets’, and ‘favorites’ are the new type of relationship.

The PBS Frontline Episode ¬†was an eye opener to the controlling life and destruction of social media. Now in this day and age, instead of using social media as a way to connect with friends and family, businesses and brands are using kids to promote their products as a way of marketing, and in return kids get the social networking fame. Kids often times “sell out” to businesses to make money and “make a living”. According to urbandictionary.com selling out is defined by: “To compromise one’s values and/or artistic vision in order to gain fame and/or monetary profit”.

It doesn’t surprise me that kids use social media to gain fame without any real talent. People get famous¬†for¬†being 13 years old and making sexual jokes towards older women, doing¬†skateboard tricks¬†off a 3 story building, and putting their life in danger just to make someone, anyone, laugh and¬†share the video. The more shares the more fame.

The whole world is consumed by social media and instead of picking up a good book to read or going outside when the weather’s nice, the phones, iPads, computers, and personal devices are being picked up to gain popularity. No one bothered about ‘liking’ others pictures until they found out that, “Well if I like this person’s picture than they will like mine back, and then maybe one of their other friends will see it and follow me and like my picture as well”. It’s all about a personal gain and it’s all to get to the point of being “twitter famous”, “Instagram famous”, or “YouTube famous”.

It honestly makes me sick that my generation is fully consumed and overrun by social media. Nobody realizes that there is a man behind the curtain of all the social media hat tricks that controls the minds of millions. Like the PBS Frontline Episode hit on, social media is like the movie, “Hunger Games”. Everyone is pit¬†against each other¬†on the internet to fight and win the most ‘likes’. We are all put together to see who survives and who diminishes. The worst part is that we choose to be pit against each other on our own free will and that there is still someone that is controlling the game as the “game makers”.

Yes, social media can be an amazing form of communication and can be used to connect the four corners of the world; but social media is being abused to change the social status of kids and boost the ego of millions every where. We shouldn’t need ‘likes’, ‘followers’, ‘favorites’, or ‘retweets’ to make us feel better about ourselves and feel like we are worth something. If social media is controlling our brain and how we view ourselves, what would happen if social media suddenly disappeared and we now had to survives without all the extra “encouragement”?

HSI Day 6-Media and Body Image

Media, Sensitive Issues

Media is the bully on the playground for all women and even some men. Instead of picking on us at recess, media has moved to the bigger playground of life; the internet and all forms of entertainment. Media has shaped the mind set of the world that beauty can only be one thing, that beauty is only the way the magazines portray it. So does this mean that 99% of the world is ugly?

The media tells the world through pictures that to be beautiful you must be anorexic, tall, and have the perfect facial features and no body curves. For all women to be beautiful we might as well throw genetics out the window, stop eating, and spend our college education to change the way the world has made us. For men, the media tells us all that you’re not really handsome until you give your life to the gym and have the biggest muscles.

The world wonders why¬†high school kids, college students, and professional athletes ruin their life by taking steroids and diet pills. But isn’t that what the media is trying to tell us to do? Don’t we all want to have the satisfaction that we’re good looking and that putting illegal substances into our body is the only way? In reality we promote the media whether we want to or not, and if the media is telling our younger generations how to be beautiful, isn’t it truly all of our faults when a young girl becomes sickly ill with anorexia and a young man dies of a drug overdose from too many steroids?

Unless you truly want to start killing your body or were lucky enough to be born tall, skinny, and beautiful, the image the media is portraying to us is an unrealistic goal for any woman or any man. But why would the media give us an unrealistic goal? It’s simple. It’s to sell the products that wouldn’t otherwise sell if the world wasn’t only buying it to feel better about themselves. There is very few people that could actually say that they didn’t buy a product because of it’s advertisement. Very few discover their favorite perfume or cologne without the help of a celebrity, wouldn’t buy the mascara if the girl in the picture didn’t have perfect eyelashes, wouldn’t purchase the shirt if it wasn’t¬†worn by¬†a beautiful person with a¬†perfect body, and wouldn’t buy all of the extra “necessities” that we all “need” if it wasn’t for the insecurities the media has installed in us all.

According to dictionary.com, the definition of beautiful is simply, “wonderful“. But is it wonderful how we have made the world a place where very few are confident in their own skin? No women, and god forbid any men, will ever admit that the world is affecting the way they think, and often times many people don’t know that the media has controlled their thoughts. We have let the media brain wash us and like it or not, the media has made our own minds our worst enemy.

The worst thing about the way the media is portraying beauty is that it doesn’t just affect the men and women when they get into high school, college, or start a job, it affects the youngest of kids when they don’t understand what beauty even is. The world around them is showing them an image of what the world is suppose to look like, so that’s the image they try to achieve. They start at a young age and before any of us can tell them that they are beautiful no matter what their body weight, height, or image, they develop an insecurity that grows along with them.

Depression is defined¬†on dictionary.com by “a depressed or sunken place or part; an area lower than the surrounding surface”. Is that not what kids are thinking because of the media bully? Many wonder why kids, teens, and adults become depressed; but¬†I wonder why we haven’t figured out that the message they get from every magazine, news paper, social media , and person in the world is that they aren’t beautiful. It’s saddening how they get to the point¬†of feeling like they are in¬†“an area lower than the surrounding surface” and even sadder when they finally¬†commit suicide, nobody understands why.

In reality, who is the one responsible for anorexic girls, overdosed boys, depressed kids, and the insecurities within all of us? The media, the one producing the message, or every single one of us, the one spreading that message?

When will the line be drawn and what is the real definition of beauty?



HSI Day 4-Book Banning

Sensitive Issues

Book banning is a sensitive subject for many people around the world and almost everyone has an opinion on this topic. My opinion is that book banning should not be allowed and is limiting the freedom of press for authors and the freedom of information for readers.

One book that is frequently banned among the children section is, “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. The book is like many children books; it’s about a zoo, has many lovable animals, and is about a journey that a couple of the animals go through that teaches the lesson that as long as you keep trying and keep your head held high, anything is possible. The only difference about “And Tango Makes Three” and other children’s books is that the animals, two penguins, are both males.

The pro-censorship viewpoint for this book argues that creating a story line with two male penguins is taking away the innocence of children and exposing them to ideas and thoughts about homosexuality. There are still many people within the world that don’t like or accept the concept of same sex relationships because it goes against their religion and beliefs; so by banning this book it takes away the exposure to the children and may keep them away from the path that many parents may not approve of.

The anti-censorship viewpoint of this book could be argued that kids are going to be exposed to the harsh reality of the world sooner or later and that keeping it from them now won’t help them in the future. The world is full of things that parents hope their kids would never have to see or experience but no matter the protection put into place,¬†no kid can be secluded from the world’s reality.

I believe the ban was unwarranted and unnecessary because if parents didn’t want their kids to experience the contents of the book then their is an easier, more effective way to keep the book censored than violating the freedom of press for the author by doing the simple thing of not reading the book to their child. It is the parents choice to read or not to read the book, it shouldn’t be banned for everyone and cause the hardships and problems for those who want to read the book to their children.

My general opinion about¬†book banning is that it is not the government nor school’s decision about what kids can read and can’t read. If the book is explicit or against the family’s beliefs, then the guardian should make the choice rather than the school.

No books, internet sites, magazines, or any type of news can be completely banned in this day and age because of our access to the internet. If there is a need or demand for a product than there is going to be supply somewhere.



HSI Day 3-News and Entertainment


I personally like watching news on TV, it’s interesting and it gives me a better understanding of the country in which I live in. But as for reading news online I tend not to research or read it because often times I never know where the bias lays and which part of the news is credible.

For school and projects where I have to look up information about a news event I tend to use CNN.com. I use CNN.com because besides the CNN article that is provided, there is also links to other articles on¬†different sites about the topic that I’m researching.¬†But for the times when I am interested in a topic and don’t want to look it up, I usually ask my father.My dad is bias towards the conservative side and because of this most of my views are conservative as well. I try to keep an open mind for the most part about politics and issues going on within our country, or even oversees, but the way I was brought up by my parents and the ethics I learned ever since I could understand the meaning to news aspects, I tend to lean more towards the websites and news articles that also have the same conservative view that I do.

I have never thought about which websites are conservative, liberal, or even which news sites report the news without a bias. To me I think there is always a bias in every story written whether the author tries to keep their opinion out or not; there is no complete way to tell the news the way it is without leaning towards a political opinion.

I think schools do a fairly good job with keeping their political opinions out of the classroom but when it gets to the point where the class is discussing an event or news topic, their is always an opinion that creeps into the conversations from everyone involved.

My goal as I get older is to put more effort into expanding my knowledge of the world around me. I would like to watch the news more, read more articles, and know about the political opinions other than my own.


HSI Day 2-Privacy and Expression Online

Media, Sensitive Issues

Social media has consumed¬†many of the younger generations and has become an epidemic within the US. Once many people get on social media they get bold and confident, they post what they can’t say out loud. In my opinion, the¬†online identity¬†and the personal¬†identity can be two completely different personalities of the same person.

Within my household my parents don’t put many restrictions on my online identity and internet time because they know they can trust me enough to make smart choices and know when enough is enough. I’ve seen videos and public services announcements about the dangers of putting too much information out on the internet so I have learned not to let the whole world know everything about me. It’s also a personal choice not to post everything about myself because if everyone around me knows all my personal details, I feel vulnerable and exposed. I¬†think that social media is a good way to get to¬†know¬†the interesting things that other people are doing around the world, but there is limits to what people should know and what should stay private.

Personally, I don’t think that colleges, employers, and the government should have an ‘all access pass’ to view social media sites and the online identity of people because there are limits to what outsiders should know about you; that is why the only people who see your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter¬†accounts are¬†friends and followers¬†who you can¬†control and block.

Our right to freedom of speech is given to us by our US constitution and if we’re being judged by what we say online it is a violation of our freedom of speech because according to the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” We shouldn’t be limited to the free exercise of our freedom of speech. Colleges, employers, and the government shouldn’t judge you on your online identity because like I said before, the¬†online identity¬†and the personal¬†identity can be two completely different personalities of the same person.

At the same time¬†I think that for national security purposes, the government should have the ability to access the information of people that they believe¬†may be a threat to others. But once the government has the ability to access the profiles of those who they think are a danger, what is the limit and where is the line drawn¬†of who’s identity ¬†they can access and who is actually considered dangerous?



HSI Day 1-The Beginning

HSI Experience

My UW High School Institute (HSI)¬†so far has been tiring, but amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Laramie but my experience so far has been enjoyable and exciting.

My school announced HSI over announcements one day and since my sister Ashley did it when she was my age I decided to follow in her footsteps and try it too. Ashley loved HSI and I have several friends that told me many great things about it; so I went and got an application and worked hard to be accepted. I wanted to participate in HSI because I wanted to try something new, meet new people, and learn what the college life would be like in two years.

In my HSI classes I want to learn how to open my mind and understand the unknown world around me. There is so much available to me and a vast majority of this world that I haven’t learned about or even experienced, I’m hoping to expand my knowledge and learn about the opportunities that are available to me. From my classmates I hope to learn about the diversity that not only Wyoming has,¬†but the diversity of the world.

I’m enjoying my time here in Laramie so far, the PCs (Program Coordinators) have kept us very busy! Our picture scavenger hunt¬†wore me out and¬†walking 6 miles made¬†me extremely sore; but it was worth it and the¬†University of Wyoming has a beautiful campus.

The only thing that I’m not looking forward to in HSI is getting up so early every morning, I’m already tired and it’s only day one! But I know that I will have a great time here and I’m very excited to see what the future here at HSI holds for me.