University of California - Santa Cruz
Communications and Leadership
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
“Good morning Torrey Pines! It’s a beautiful Monday, 77 degrees and partly cloudy.”
My voice echoed throughout the campus and every classroom, as it was my responsibility to do the morning announcements each day in my position as Senior Class Communications Director. The students dismissed the routine drone and started reminiscing about the weekend’s events instead; school announcements and important administrative updates went unheard.
Strangely, it took me four years to realize that Torrey Pines had a serious communication problem. When I finally grew tired of people’s inattention and their consequent lack of involvement in school events, I began to imagine a new method by which I would broadcast crucial information. Relying on many years of experience in cinematography and on a keen fondness for public speaking, I envisioned the creation of a television network that would air monthly, transmitting information to each classroom in a visual manner, a fun new medium for the students.
I gathered a group of outgoing, ambitious students who would assist me as co-anchors on the show. Hours and hours were spent after school, shooting, editing, and producing what would revolutionize communication at Torrey Pines, a program we called...
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