Others enjoyed when we talked about history, reading, and math. As for me, I looked forward to the computer lab time we were given at school. We were able to use iMovie for several other projects that year, and they were easily my favorite projects from the whole year.
In the fifth grade, I had the opportunity to help out with Oak Knoll's morning TV broadcast. It was so exciting to be a part of that, and I knew that it was something I wanted to continue to do.
When I got to Hillview Middle School, I had the opportunity to take an elective course to create "Hawk Talk," the school's morning news program. Being able to crew the whole show ourselves made coming to school very early extremely worth it.
Having this exposure really influenced my decisions up the line. I went on to take the video production class offered at Hillview. These opportunities were instrumental to my elementary and middle school experiences, and helped shape what I did in high school.
At Menlo-Atherton High School, I signed up for both of the video production classes without hesitation. During my senior year at M-A, I helped set up the brand new studio and realized that this was something I could study in college and do for the rest of my life.
In May, I will be graduating from Hofstra University in New York with a degree in video/television after having interned at CBS during my final year. I can say with absolute certainty that I would not have been able to find this passion without the opportunities presented to me by the Menlo Park City School District.
These opportunities really allowed me to start excelling in my TV classes as soon as I started due to the strong foundation that had been established by the various classes I had already taken. Many of my classmates hadn't gotten the same exposure that I did, and initially struggled with some of the subject matter.
I know that there will be more kids like me out there who can't seem to find their passion in the core school subjects, and they should have the same opportunities that I had to explore different subjects through elective courses. Please vote in favor of the parcel tax, Measure X, to ensure the Menlo Park City School District can continue to provide kids a chance to explore their passions.
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