The Devil's Dish

2014 Cronkite High School Summer Journalism Institute

SJI Students Able to Test-Drive ASU

Olivia Rendon is grateful for her experience at SJI14 and was able to identify what she truly wanted from a university. Photo by Alexa Geidel.

Olivia Rendon is grateful for her experience at SJI14 and was able to identify what she truly wanted from a university. Photo by Alexa Geidel.

During their two-week stay at Cronkite, the SJI14 students have an opportunity to test the waters of life at ASU.

By Alexa Geidel

Soon-to-be seniors Olivia Rendon and Savannah Haas have one sure thing in common: they are both students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s High School Summer Journalism Institute.

One thing they don’t see quite eye-to-eye on is when it comes to their ideal university.

While Haas has recently been converted into loving ASU, Rendon has her heart set elsewhere.

“Going into this program, I told myself it would decide if I was coming here or not. Now it’s almost over, and this program has convinced me,” said Haas regarding how the program might have changed her mind.

“Since I was a little girl, I always knew I was gonna go to a university, it was just a matter of choosing which one,” offered Haas, now confident in her decision.

She expressed she felt her future held more security than those of her peers who didn’t know the ins and outs of the school they are going to attend before they get there.

Rendon is setting her sights on Concordia University in Irvine, California, but didn’t take this program for granted. She reflected and realized that although she knew what she wanted was Concordia, she still kept an open mind.

The main contributing factor to Rendon’s unlikely staying at ASU would be the Cronkite program. Similarly to Haas, Rendon wanted to see how she felt about the school after the two weeks.

Experiencing the school and life here for two weeks helped both girls decide where their hearts truly belong, and they learned to make the most of a situation.

Even if the school wasn’t for her, Rendon was able to identify why Concordia was. Even if she wasn’t sure coming in, Haas now has her future laid out before her.

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