A Green Light in High School

F. Scott Fitzgeralds literary masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby” must continue to be taught in Schools

“Its one of those iconic pieces that everyone talks about,” says history major, Mari Daze.

“The Great Gatsby” has been taught in school for decades, as it touches on many different themes.

“I think it’s a good way to analyze how an author in the 20’s portrays the American dream and how we portray the American dream now and comparing and contrasting what things have remained the same, what things have changed,” Mari says.

The novel also allows students to grow their literary minds by understanding different concepts that are not literal.

“I think it showed the American dream, not in a literal sense, it was open to a lot of interpretation which i think is important to learn in school so that students can have their own opinion about it,” says Ebudu Okeke, a phycology major.

Outside of the classroom, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel remains important years after it is read. “The Great Gatsby” provides as a great source to many references in popculture.

“Every so often, you might hear someone make a reference to ‘The Great Gatsby’, like the green light,” says Mari.

“The Great Gatsby” must continue to be read in order to provide students with “a clear view to history,” says Mari.

“It’s just become very iconic,” says Mari.

Quantity Over Quality? A Closer Look Into the Restrictions of Summer Academy

There has been a shift of freedom and guidelines since the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication partnered with the University of Georgia’s Summer Academy Program since 2021.

“Those camps literally changed my life because it decided, fully what I wanted to do for a living, it also gave me friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life,” former camper in 2008 and 2009, Jack Patterson says. “I had a great time, I loved going up there, I loved being able to go see what downtown Athens had to offer, I loved being able to explore the campus…it was just a lot a fun.”

Guidelines of freedom while being a camper at UGA has changed. Before 2021, Grady hosted an independent camp that managed the housing, food and curriculum as well as the afternoon activities and daily schedule of the camp. “We went bowling…we went go cart racing, that was a lot of fun,” Patterson says.

Since the Georgia Center/UGA Summer Academy partnered with Grady, restrictions outside the classroom have become significantly stricter. According to Stephanie Moreno, director of the Grady portion of the camp, the partnership was formed mainly to help with camp logistics.

“Really all that Grady has to do is just show up. We take care of the activities, we take care of housing,” says Bryce Martin, youth coordinator and the director of Summer Academy. “The Georgia Center has their own system that we can use for collecting information for everyone, our registration system, we handle the overnight portion of our program.”

Although the partnership has helped Grady with registration and organization, there is a sense among campers that the quality of the camp itself has been altered. Overall the restrictions and strict schedule implemented by Summer Academy has changed the Grady summer camp’s character.

Compared to a daily schedule from the independent Grady Camp in 2015, directed by Joe Dennis, the present 2022 schedule lacks in freedom. In the schedule from 2015, campers were given multiple opportunities to explore the campus with fellow campers, and participate in fun activities off campus as an entire group. “You had plenty of freedom to go around and mingle with people, and thats what we ended up doing, that’s where those friendship were made,” said Patterson recalling 2008.

For overnight students, in 2015, the lights-out time was 11p.m.-12a.m., where presently the lights-out time is 9:30p.m. “Lights out by 10:45 not 9:30,” a 2022 camper wrote on an informal survey given to Grady campers.

To come to a college campus, there should be a feel to the college lifestyle to an extent, a sense of freedom. Presently, this freedom is not felt by campers.

“More freedom,” another 2022 camper writes.

“You guys weren’t just stuck in a room all day. It was getting to check out and see UGA as a whole, that was my big push,” Martin says.

The intent of less restrictions is there, but to the Georgia Center, it is seen as unattainable.

To the present 2022 campers, there is a sense of overpowering restrictions to having fun at a camp that used to have more freedom. Obviously, the campers are minors and must be safe under the UGA Minors protection policy that makes sure that ‘Anyone that works with minors has to go through…a process…a background check,” Martin says.

Of course, there is a reason that “there are restrictions in place, I should know where you are at all times.”

Martin said his challenge is controlling freedom between the different age gaps at this camp.

“An 11-year-old has to be managed compared to someone who’s older and 17, how do I get that gap between them, and it is very difficult. There really isn’t always the opportunity or me to say, ‘Your 17 years old, go, do whatever you want’, so as much as I would love to say ‘Hey, go downtown, do what you want, have some fun, we have as much freedom as possible as we can out there,” Martin says.

During the 37 years before Grady partnered with Summer Academy, all campers were in high school, but because the Georgia Center expanded the age to middle school, these restrictions burden the older kids and prevent them from their freedom to experience the campus.

But many campers think there is a better balance that can be struck between keeping campers safe and allowing them flexibility to experience the University of Georgia campus.

“I wish I had more freedom,” said Sydney Van Dillen, a student in the journalism class. “I thought I would experience the campus more than I have.”

Heaven’s Journalistic Journey

Continuing to experience and learn about journalism, Heaven Jobe explains her call to the applicability of journalism.

“Really the interest came to me, the opportunity was brought to me, and I took the opportunity because it’s something that applies to everyone, it doesn’t expire,” Jobe says, “It’s not something that I won’t be able to use in 20 years.”

Being only 24, Heaven describes her interest into writing stems at a younger age. “I just really liked being able to be free in rules, but also write about whatever I wanted to,” Jobe says.

She explains that she shifted and changed her studying pursuits from “mass communication” and wanting to “be a high school teacher,” to journalism because “I guess my decision changed after my first year of college…because a door opened, and why not walk through it,” Jobe says.

Jobe said that she found a certain interest into the field of health journalism because of her father. “With my dad being older…it was important to me to kinda learn more about African Americans and health, and just learn more about things he’s dealing with…so I’m trying to learn as much as much as I can to be able to help him and advocate for him,” Jobe says adding that she enjoys writing about stories that ‘I can relate to in some kind of way”.

Although Jobe enjoys journalism, she is eager to continue to learn more about the subject and is still “wanting to get better and learn.”

Her biggest piece of advice to anyone aspiring to study journalism is to “Don’t be afraid to get told that you’re doing something wrong…so just keep going, take that constructive criticism.”

Life of Adriana

Daughter, Sister, Actress, Singer, Athlete, Christian

Looking at a pile of daisies, you might say, “Wow those daisies are pretty,” but Adriana would somehow find a way to relate those daisies to the character of Daisy Buchanan from “The Great Gatsby” her favorite novel of all time.

Having a creative and artistic mind, Adriana has always had a driven and ambitious way of living. As her creative outlet, Adriana is driven by a green light leading to the screen. Ever since she was able to walk, she has wanted to be an actress and have her name in lights. Adriana is involved in many different activities and has passion for every single activity that she is involved with, but nothing compares to the love she has for acting and performing. Adriana has been involved with the musical and artistic life since she was 5 at her weekly piano lessons. Although she did not enjoy those lessons at the time, she is thankful for having a foundation of musical understanding because it has helped her in her songwriting journey, as she now is able to play the ukulele as well as the piano.

Adriana works very hard for her dreams. She has been training at Orbit Arts Academy since 2016, and has moved her way all the way up to the Company Program, where she spends 10+ hours a week training her dance, acting, and singing skills, and working on making those skills stronger. Adriana has loved performing and feels herself light up the second she steps onto a stage. She has performed in numerous musicals including starring in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” “Xanadu” “Mamma Mia” and “Chicago”. Although Adriana adores Theater, Adriana has her eye out for film, and the film industry. Adriana has been working with her agent since 2017, constantly auditioning for different movies and TV shows. For her first job, she played the role of Hermosa in NBC’s “Dangerous Mom’s” starring Dascha Polanco and Shanola Hampton. Although the pilot did not air to TV, she is thankful for her experience in the film industry and is excited to continue her journey in the future.

This type of drive and ambition is a trait taken from Adriana’s Parents, Rafael and Angela Acevedo. Rafael and Angela were born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and immigrated to the United States in 2000 to achieve their american dream, making Adriana and her older brother Gabriel, first generation Americans. Rafael and Angela got married in 2000, packed up their bags, said goodbye to their family, and moved to Atlanta so that Rafael could get his MBA at Emory University. Her parents and older brother are huge examples of hardworking people to Adriana, and she admires her family very much. Because Adriana was raised by two Venezuelan parents, she is very thankful to be bilingual in English and Spanish

Adriana will continue to live her live in love with art and music and will continue to live her live through it. Adriana is not only interested in Acting, she find interest in other topics like journalism, leading her to go to journalism camp at UGA. She loves to learn and is eager to learn more about the topic of journalism.