This week in my J2150 class, I had an audio slideshow assignment due for Friday, October 5, 2012. The audio slideshow consisted of gathering audio for whichever topic you are supposed to cover and exclusive photos of the subject in action.
For my audio slideshow, I chose my roommate to be apart of this experience. As an outsider of the Army ROTC program, I had no idea how intense the training was. My subject, Quintae Dorsey, balances school life and the army program. Tuesday through Friday, Dorsey has to be at training at 5:30am dressed and prepared to start on time. The program starts off as a group and then splits up in squads to engage in a workout. The workout consisted of constant rounds of running whenever told to do so, push-ups, sit-ups, and other arm and leg exercises. It was an awesome experience to see the program prepare these students for real-life combat when they are soon to be deployed.
My 5:30am experience was tough. Let me tell you what time I had to get up. I had to shower the night before, lay my clothes out, and roll my hair into rollers for my curly glam look. That night, I only got 3 hours of sleep due to finishing up homework and attending to my nightly rituals. In order to be ready for our 5:15 car ride to Stankowski field, I had to wake up at 4:30am to give myself enough time to prepare for my day. After standing out in 45 degree weather, my nose and fingers felt like icicles. Standing outside for an hour and not engaging in physical activity was a cold and windy experience. I had to take a 15 minute break in the recreation center and warm up. The last 15 minutes of physical training, I came back out to take last minute shots. After the training ended at 7:00am, I had to think about my 8:00am class that I had to go to. My day would end at 11:00am, not too bad but still a long day. After English, last class of the day, you better believe I took a nice long nap (3-4 hour sleep)!
Being able to share the Army experience with Dorsey was amazing. The Army program has a lot to offer their students. The life of an amateur journalist is an amazing experience too. It’s all about getting the work done and I achieved what I had to do. Though, my previous subjects bailed on me numerous times (That’s a long story too, smh) I was able to capture satisfying moments with my Nikon D7000 camera.
The next assignment is a 30 second video. With so much content that I have, I have to limit what story I would like to tell. It’s a bummer that I can’t incorporate a lot more but as I become more experienced, I’ll be able to figure out how to edit a lot of content to a awesome mini story.
Army ROTC wakes up to engage in their physical training at 5:30 in the morning every week, Tuesday, October 2, 2012. A member jogs past completing his rounds at Mizzou’s Stankowski field Columbia, Mo.
Tell me what you think about the photo that I took below. Any positive or negative criticism will be great to hear!