I benefited greatly from this event.
Firstly, I gained knowledge of news in various aspects, including newswriting, news reporting, photography skills, presentation and interviewing skills. Some of them are inaccessible through ordinary textbooks. Others were just vague theories written on meaningless sheets of paper if I hadn’t put them into implementation during the training sessions. Either way, I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to learn about it.
Secondly, I learned a lot about the Asian Games and Hangzhou during preparation. These are the things that are far from my life back in Beijing, and getting to know places and events that are unfamiliar to me is like meeting a new friend—we are just getting acquainted, but it has sparked my interest for further insight into the place and the event.
The most unexpected shift, however, occurred when I was standing on the stage in front of a panel of judges. Public speaking had always unnerved me until now. Months of practice had paid off. I worked my way smoothly throughout the speech and Q&A sections and did a reasonably good job. It was this event that changed me, and I am truly grateful for this.
Finally, I got to know some of the best English speakers around my age. It was quite a change from my mundane routine as junior high—I befriended students that are the elites of prestigious middle schools, and became deeply influenced by their dignity and resourcefulness.