Self-Reflection on Media Literacy & HSI


I learned a lot from this class and it was definately my favorite. I learned about…

  • media literacy
  • interviewing skills
  • online identity
  • stereotypes
  • ethics in media

I feel more media literate for sure and I’m very glad. From my science class I learned about…

  • fires
  • lightning
  • hypothermia
  • frostbite
  •  search and rescue skills.

I don’t think I can chose one memory to pick as my favorite at HSI. We did so many fun things, it would be impossible to chose one. I loved the Rockies game and being on TV, going roller skating, going bowling, playing ultimate frisbee, and running through the rain. All these things and more were so much fun and I’ll never forget any of them. As a person I think I have grown to be more accepting and friendly. If I could re-live HSI I would definately take more risks, make more friends, and try to branch out more from the beginning. HSI gave me a little taste of college and it has prepared me for college life, I learned its not as hotel-like as I wanted it to be. I have a feeling I’m always going to be talking about HSI, so much that my family and friends are going to get tired of it. I had so much fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat.


Media Stereotypes


Stereotypes are all over the media everyday. Although they have changed a lot since the 1950s, stereotypes are still everywhere. Gender stereotypes seem to be similar as they were back then, but now just not as focused on. Girls on TV usually have jobs, but they are still sometimes seen as less important or smart as males. We still have the guy always saves the girl on TV today. Racial stereotypes are in some ways worse today. Now instead of being seen as ignorant, black people are sometimes seen as criminals. For gay and lesbians, they are still not really accepted widely on TV. Some shows like Glee and Modern family have gay people in them, but in media I feel like they are portrayed like something is wrong with them. I wish all types of people were accepted in the media, but I don’t think something like that will happen soon, unfortunately.

Digital Media & Multitasking


During school most of my teachers do not allow us to use our phones. At the beginning of the year lots of teachers said that we could use our phones whenever and it wasn’t their problem if we failed the class. This rule was usually gotten rid of very quickly because of the amount of students who would take advantage of it. We’re not allowed to have laptops or tablets either, but this isn’t really a problem. Outside of school, I definately multitask, but not excessively. My friends really don’t care but my parents sometimes say it can be rude. I know I get distracted, and I probably won’t stop, but it may be a problem. Sometimes it can be effective, but I guess we’ll just see what happens.

Mooks and Midriffs


Mooks and Midriffs are still relevant today but just under different names. A mook is a male who doesn’t really care what people think about him and does whatever he wants. A midriff is a female who uses her body sexually to get attention and acts way older than she really is. I think these characters are still present today, they just are more disguised, or we are just so used to it we don’t notice that anything is wrong. Mooks and Midriffs are still on MTV today, like on 16 and Pregnant. The men on this show are usually irresponsible and immature, and the women are obviously pregnant for a reason. MTV content hasn’t changed too much, but now there are less music videos and more reality TV shows. I wish MTV would go back to focusing on music, but I really don’t think that will happen soon.

Katerra Skinner


carKaterra Skinner hasn’t taken her trip to the Dominican Republic yet, but she still plans on positively influencing as many people in the Dominican as she can…
“We are building schools out of recycled materials and clean burning stoves and then we play with the children in the community. And then that night we’ll do some activities…”
Katerra, a 16-year-old from Rawlings WY, is going to the Dominican Republic to volunteer with the Global Leadership Adventures or the GLA for 10 days in July of 2014.
“I used to want to join the Peace Corps and then one day I was looking it up and I came across the GLA website. Then I started doing research on it and I decided that I absolutely needed to do it so I tried to convince my parents, and eventually they gave in” Katerra was determined to go on this trip. She got a job to raise money, researched the country she wanted, and gave her parents extra information about the GLA. She chose to go to the Dominican Republic specifically because it was the option closest to home and she wanted to be close for her first time traveling alone.  She still wants to join the Peace Corps, and says she might look into it after college. “I used to want to join the Peace Corps right after highschool but after thinking about it I realized I might not be mature enough to do something that big. So this GLA program was perfect for me”.
The GLA is a high school study abroad program that offers opportunities for teenagers to volunteer in developing countries in cultures significantly different from the West in authentic, non-tourist communities. She is going to stay in a lodge by the beach but everyday her and her team will hike up to various villages and communities to work on a variety of projects. “I’m most excited to teach the kids English and to build them schools” Being a positive role model and mentor is also something she is looking forward to. “I think it will be hard for me to communicate with everyone because they mainly speak Spanish, but I’m still excited to learn more about their culture and connect with them”.

In life, Katerra wants to travel the world and help others. She wants to go to college somewhere, but isn’t quite sure where yet. This trip will probably be the first of many community service trips for Katerra.

Listen to her interview here:

Media & Body Image


The media always portrays models as almost perfect people and it can be very detrimental to our society. We are told to be beautiful we should be thinner, taller, have completely clear skin, etc. These messages are all over TV and internet and it can be very hard to avoid. This can cause many problems for people, especially teenagers, and many start hating themselves. I have friends who self harm or have eating disorders because of the influence from media images. I know it’s almost impossible, but one way to solve this problem would be to teach everyone to love one another and to love themselves without having to change anything about themselves and judging others.