Day 6 – Looking into the future

Mosaic reporters Jacky Tsang, Megan Robalewski, Sara Ashary and Semira Sherief enjoy some free time in newsroom. // Photo by Mosaic staff

Mosaic reporters Jacky Tsang, Megan Robalewski, Sara Ashary and Semira Sherief enjoy some free time in the newsroom. // Photo by Mosaic staff

By Sara Ashary, Mosaic Staff Writer and part-time clairvoyant

(Editors Note: Saturday is usually a slow day in the newsroom, so we’ve allowed Mosaic staffer Sara Ashary to take a hypothetical look into the future of Mosaic’s 2015 class)

So today I did a lot of writing but the most interesting thing was predicting with my Mosaic squad where we each will be in 20 years. Here we go…

Steezy and Hannah: We decided to put them together because their futures will be alike. They each are going to be with someone that is like a hippie and/or an animal lover. Their families will go to music festivals and take many photos.

Sara: I think I will become an accountant.

Aysha: She will become a successful podcaster and talk about Middle Eastern problems and give a whole new view to everyone.

Joelle: She is going tp be like the next Melinda Gates. She is going to be smoking rich because her husband is like a computer genius. She is going to do yoga in the mornings, wear nice expensive simple dresses. She will do a whole lot of charity work while being super smart. She will be a very influential activist.

Jacky: Jacky is an interesting man, so he will take life as it goes.

Tomas: He is going to manage the Earthquakes with like a bluetooth on his left ear and a clipboard in his hand. AKA Making bank.

Noah: One look at Noah and you will understand: He will be an Anchor Man for channel 4 news.

Rachel: National Geographic Photographer that travels around the world. She will wear khakis and green cargo jackets with red toms.

Kaitlyn: She is going to have a PhD but have no idea what to do with it. She will probably end up alright and make herself a great life, living in Palo Alto.

Semira: Semira is such a beautiful soul. I see her marrying a celebrity (like Chris Pine). There will be pictures of her wearing sunglasses, Starbucks in her hand and yoga capris.

Matt: Famous Novelist, like the next John Green. Touring around the country for his new book.

Adele: She is going to be like a CEO. Like imagine her coming into our reunion and she is wearing a pencil skirt and talking on the phone, screaming at her assistant for giving her the wrong fax.

Megan: Megan is going to live that American life and live that high class life. There be a white picket-fence home with two kids. She will drive a Mercedes.

David: David is going to be doing some freelance photography and live alone in this really boyish apartment.

Shannon: Holy guacamole! I do not even know. Maybe the first Asian-American president. She is independent and smart.

Day 4 – Getting the shot

David Early gets acquainted with his photo gear. // Photo by Hannah Chebeleu, Mosaic Staff Photographer

David Early gets acquainted with his photo gear. // Photo by Hannah Chebeleu, Mosaic Staff Photographer

By David Early, Mosaic Staff Photographer

I didn’t get the right shots. Days seem to be passing by really fast, like it’s already Thursday and I already feel adjusted to the workflow, at least somewhat. I’m not sure if i’d call it a reality check, but being told to go out and reshoot someone again was a little frustrating. My photo’s weren’t enough, they fit the subject, but not the idea. In all honesty I’m glad I didn’t get the shot on my first try because that gave me incentive to think about my composition more carefully.

Brian drove me out to Silver Creek Road way out in east side to go find our guy, Sanni, a strong, extremely spiritual guy from Nigeria who on a daily basis pushes the same cart up and down Silver Creek and Yerba Buena road, multiple times a day.

Two days prior me and Sara interviewed him as he trudged up Yerba Buena road. In my head I kept thinking, “What if this guy’s crazy or something and he goes berzerk?” This thought was quickly brushed off my mind as he greeted us both with a handshake and a joyful “Hello!” This made me feel a little more comfortable, seeing as this was my time shooting for a report.

After walking up nearly two miles of sun bleached road we reached the same Starbucks he goes to every day, where he gets two large cups of ice, as I was told by a Barista is what he gets when he comes in.

We managed to talk him into giving us just 10 minutes of his time, with a sandwich and frappuccino incentive of course, which he seemed completely fine with. The moment he sat down I began shooting away, mostly close up’s of his face, trying catch a shot of him without food or a straw in his mouth.

Strangely despite his open and rather forthcoming ways, he looked to his phone, got our numbers, then said, “It has been 10 minutes, time for us to go”, and with a nod he stood up, walked out, and gave us a hug. After a few more pictures I shook his hand, then he went back down the road we walked down to repeat the same procedure he did everyday.

Upon returning and reviewing all the pictures, I knew I had gotten some great profile shots, but something seemed off, I felt like it was just some picture of a person, it didn’t really tell me anything, no story, emotion yes, but no story. This was reiterated by Karl Mondon, which was sort of the “reality check” I was saying.

Karl urged me to go back out and shoot him again, stating that I truly had a lucky subject as he was not only friendly, but I knew where he was almost all of the time, along with having his contact information. Brian and I went out and found him walking up Silver Creek road, which we would drive about half a mile up and wait for him. I got out of the car and stepped to the street, where I set up my shot.

I got the shot I wanted.

Day 1: Hopeful with a side of jitters

Jonae Scott // Mosaic Staff Photographer

Jonae Scott // Mosaic Staff Photographer

By Sindhu Ravuri // Mosaic Staff Writer

As I stepped amidst 17 unknown faces on a completely unfamiliar college campus, countless butterflies taunted the acidic walls of my knotted stomach. My confidence and composure became as frail and diminutive as an insect. Frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect here, who I would see, and what this entire experience would pan out to be. After hearing Joe’s introduction of the program, the only question my cluttered brain could even digest was, “How am I going to survive this?” However, after merely spending one day with the Mosaic class of 2013, I feel as hopeful as ever.

Bonding over a quirky name-game, deathly fear of bathroom cockroaches, and an aimless roam throughout downtown San Jose (where we heard profanity being echoed from the nearby nightclubs), the eighteen of us, spanning from different heritages, backgrounds, and lives, all united based on a singular common passion — journalism. And it gets better.

One and a half hours with David Early. That’s all it took for my life to completely change. Okay, maybe that’s slightly dramatic, but his discussion nonetheless transformed my outlook on what the core of journalism even is. Specifically, listening to him describe journalism as the “privilege” of taking someone’s experiences, trauma, joy, everything, really, to portray it in such a way which does justice to that very person who was able to so candidly open up their heart to you made me feel honored to be affiliated with this profession. Plus, his anecdotes were just hilariously priceless.

Moreover, the first story that I will get to be doing here (my dream story!) with editors as experienced and approachable as the ones which will constantly be here with us, helping us every step along the way, is a journey which I know I will inevitably enjoy. I simply cannot wait to dive straight into it, despite the less-than-ideal bathrooms. Now, does this mean that I am not even slightly nervous or afraid of the daunting deadlines, heavy interviews, and hardcore journalism that is to come with Mosaic? Not in the slightest. But, then again, I am beyond excited, to say the least.