Day 11- Goodbye, Mosaic

Mosaic staff writer Megan Robalewski enjoys a day out in San Francisco with the rest of the staff. // Photo by Hannah Chebeleu, Mosaic Staff Photographer

Mosaic staff writer Megan Robalewski enjoys a day out in San Francisco with the rest of the staff. // Photo by Hannah Chebeleu, Mosaic Staff Photographer

By Megan Robalewski, Mosaic Staff Writer

The idea that Mosaic is ending tomorrow is starting to sink in. At this point, I’m done with all of my stories so I’m making the most of the last few days with my friends. I can’t even register how sad I will be to say goodbye to everyone tomorrow.

From the first day, I knew we would all become close friends. Meeting Sara, who was so energetic, made me excited to meet everyone else, and we all sat together and talked during the welcome dinner. The Mosaic class of 2015 became so close over these two weeks, and as cheesy as it sounds, I will remember them for a long time. A bunch of us already have plans to go to concerts and get Acai bowls together, and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.

What I really can’t believe is how fast everything went. My stories came along so slowly the first few days that I thought I’d be spending the whole program refreshing my email and getting progressively frustrated as I watched Adele constantly interviewing and writing. But things finally picked up, and I ended up going to five interviews in a row and then interviewing Olympic gold medalists at the Grand Prix. Suddenly I was working late in the newsroom and churning out draft after draft. I really am surprised by how much I was able to do in a short time, and all the things I learned from the struggles I had.

It’s definitely going to be strange readjusting when I go back home; i won’t be stressed about getting my stories done, but I also won’t be laughing constantly and I won’t have instant access to Philz and boba. The one thing I’ll be relieved about is being able to sleep in, because staying up late every night and waking up to be in the newsroom the next morning definitely took its toll (I made some questionable decisions about my sleep during Mosaic).

When people ask me my favorite memory from Mosaic, I have no idea where to begin. Late night dance parties, singing along to High School Musical, getting lost downtown and drinking boba until I got sick. Staying up talking with my roommate Joelle, listening to Shady Shannon give everyone sass, laughing as Adele struggled through her stories, making fun of Idaho, talking about Parks and Recreation with the Leslie to my Anne, Sara. And that’s only scratching the surface.

These weeks have been so memorable not only because of everything I learned about journalism, but also because of all the amazing people. It makes me sad that the whole group might never all be together again, but I’m just happy that we made the most of the time we had. Every person I met here will always be more than someone I knew for two weeks at a summer program; I am happy to call each one my friend.

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Day 5 – From Idaho to San Jose

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Mosaic staff writer Brady N. Delgadillo enjoys one of San Jose’s finest offerings at Amor Cafe and Tea. // Snapchat by Brady N. Delgadillo

By Brady N. Delgadillo, Mosaic Staff Writer

I sit here in San Jose surrounded by a plethora of Bay Area Kids. All I hear are the words “hella” and “shady” consistently showing up in conversations. Though I am getting slightly tired of their diction, I am happy to be amongst such bright people in a city with an abundance of opportunities.

San Jose State University is located in the heart of downtown San Jose. When I first arrived here from Idaho a few days ago, I was immediately intrigued by the many stores, museums, cafes, and restaurants that downtown San Jose has to offer. At the top of my list of favorite new things I’ve tried here is boba (also known as bubble tea or milk tea with pearls) and CREAM. (My goal is to have boba everyday for the remaining week).

Besides the eclectic local businesses surrounding SJSU, I was surprised to see such a vast variety of people. I come from a small town in Idaho that is dominantly White and Hispanic. However, San Jose is home to Asians, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. The diversity in this area is phenomenal and something that I had never been exposed to for long periods of time. Simply seeing and meeting people with different backgrounds is a signal to me of how colossal our world and humanity is. There are simply so many things and lives occurring outside of Idaho that I haven’t discovered. I feel so small in the best possible way because it reminds me of how much more there is to explore.

Being in the city with my new journalist friends has been amazing. I can’t describe the happiness I feel being in a place like this. I love Idaho for it’s scenic nature views and familiar faces, but the city experience I’ve had so far has been one of my most grand experiences yet.