As I write this on the last day of HSI because I know that I will have to leave behind all of the great people that surrounded me during this journey and this camp. I am extremely sad about having to leave because I have met many new and great friends and the journey has been great.

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson.

That quote definitely applies to this camp because the destination is the end of camp, and the journey was camp. I found joy in the journey, and sad that I have gotten to the destination because that means that I have to leave all of my great new friends behind. I will always remember this camp and the friends I met here. I am sure I will be able to keep in contact with them, but there is nothing better than to be sitting in the fishbowl playing cards with them, or making memories with them throughout the camp. No one else on this planet will have the same experience as me and my new friends, nor will anyone else but me and my new friends share any of the same memories.

First and foremost is my photography class. My teacher, Kristen Landreville has been awesome. She gave us many breaks because she wanted us to keep moving so we did not tire. She taught us many things that I had never known about photography, or the media in general. The class was great and she took us to many amazing places to take amazing pictures, learn about media, or both. One thing I will remember are most of the photography rules, whether it is the rule of thirds, focus, or creating depth. I will also remember how people go great lengths to become famous off of and make money off of the internet. The final lesson I will remember is to always check where I get my news from and always try to look at unbiased news in order to avoid fake news. All in all, I had a great time and saw some breathtaking views, and will never forget this class, or Professor Landreville.

Next I will talk about my physical world class, which was Wyoming Energy 4 You. Professor Tawfik was such a great and outstanding guy. He was always nice and understanding, and always had candy for us because he said he wanted us to have sugar so we were always energized. He always made sure that we had hands on experiments, let us go to a 3d visualization center, took us to a one of a kind laboratory facility right here on campus, and let us use the drilling simulator multiple times. The first lesson I will remember is that oil companies are not always just rich people trying to get richer. Also I will remember that great things can be found in unexpected places because Wyoming is a small place but has a one of a kind research facility. Lastly I will remember to keep things fact based just like how the class was. I loved the class a lot and enjoyed all of the opportunities, and I will miss Professor Tawfik, but I will not forget him.

My favorite memory from the camp was making friends. We all started off nervous and feeling alone, but we all found our way around this and awkward social interactions to eventually make what we call friends. In total I really enjoyed meeting people and making them into my friends. It left an impression because it shows that no matter what friends are easy to make and make the journey easier and more fun.

By coming to HSI I feel like I have gotten farther over my fear of being outgoing. I have most certainly become more outgoing and friendly. I also feel like I have become more independent.

I feel like HSI has prepared me for my future career because it has opened my eyes to more career paths. It has prepared me more for college because it helps me with getting used to living at the universitiy.

If I could relive HSI I would try to make friends with more people and take more opportunities to go around the place.

I will tell my friends who decided not to go that they missed out on a great time and that it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. To those in the grade below I will tell them that deciding not to go would be a very bad decision, and that it was one of the greatest moments of my high school career. I would also try my best to encourage them to go. I would tell my family that it was everything I was expecting it to be and better.

I am very sad that it is coming to an end and that I wish it would not end. At the end comes a feeling of mixed emotions because I love this camp but I miss home. All in all I will never every forget this camp. Even finishing this blog makes me sad and miss the camp. Bon Voyage and farewell to a great time that I will surely miss.


Advertisment and the video

The thing that spoke to me the most in the video was mainly about how Youtubers gain more followers and money by getting sponsorship’s from advertisements. It spoke the most because plenty of times when I watch videos, the Youtuber says that it is a promotional video. I do not think that I personally am being used by corporations, but I think that kids in my generation are. I do not really care because I feel like it is a mutualistic relationship. Teens participate in corporations because they either want to be noticed, or think that they will gain something from it. I think that the theory of using social media itself for advertising is okay, but then the people that make money off of it find ways to abuse it or make it absurd. The only other thought I have is that it is pretty cool that people can make money while doing what they love.

Snowy Range

The time hiking at Snowy Range was great. I really loved climbing up the hill. I also enjoyed getting to see all of the nice flora. I also enjoyed getting to see all of the natural greatness in the lakes, rocks, streams, and mountains. My favorite part was getting to climb up one of the mountains. Another one of my favorite parts was getting to see the marmot. I also loved getting to see the river and the bridge.

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The time at the conservatory was fun, as well as meeting the friendly puppy along the way. I enjoyed all of the great opportunities to get pictures of plants. I especially like the more strange and interesting plants like the Venus flytrap, and the clementine tree. Another thing I enjoyed was getting to see all of the variety in the plants, especially the plants I do not get to see often. Finally I enjoyed all of the coloration that the plants provided.

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Media Literacy

The media routine I have consists of checking the news every morning or night, looking at memes, watching videos, and checking my social medias. Direct exposure is mainly just news. The rest are mainly indirect because they are just either random videos, or articles, but they can also sometimes repeat news. A decent amount of my intake consists of sports media or media about technology and cars. Although with the direct news it is a lot more real, the indirect is a lot more fun to read, look at, or watch.

A decent amount of my media consists of news because of how much of it I read, and how often I check it. The source I get it from a Google aggregator. I use this news source because I find the articles interesting, and enjoy to read them. I also like them because they apply to me. I trust them because most of the time there are multiple articles from different sources that say the same thing. The news I read is sort of biased because based on what I click on it can determine what I like, and what I enjoy, so then it starts mainly showing me that stuff.

A lot of my media consist of sports and entertainment because I enjoy that type of stuff. I mainly enjoy movies, books, gaming, and sporting events. Once again I use them because I  really enjoy them. I spend a decent large amount of time with them if I have nothing else to do. I do not let it interfere with anything because if there is something that needs to be done, or if friends want to do something, I will do that instead of being on media. They regulate it a little bit when it comes to gaming, but besides that they do not. Yes they are a little bit more lenient now.

To improve my media exposure, I could lessen up on my time on social media. I could lessen the quantity, but I could increase the quality of my media.


Cheyenne and Wyo Tribune Eagle


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Going to Cheyenne was a great time. It was fantastic getting to see all of the details in the process of creating a newspaper. Another great part of the trip was getting to see the rustic downtown, and also getting to visit the old train station. My favorite part of the newspaper place was getting to see the process of creating a newspaper, like the printing press. My favorite part of the downtown part was getting to see all of the old and rustic storefronts. All in all I enjoyed the trip to Cheyenne very much.


On Thursday the 14th we went to Vedauwoo. These are just some of the amazing views and photos that I seen and took while being at Vedauwoo. The natural formations made great opportunities for even better pictures, and it was a great time hiking around.

This one is mainly about my legs almost acting as leading lines.
In this one the rock and the closer tree sort of act as a frame for the middle of the photo.
This photo is mainly about the rule of 3s because the main part of the picture is in the bottom 2/3s.
This picture uses depth as it’s creative device because the mini empty pool like thing opens up to the rest of the background.
The creative device used in this picture is mainly background because the foreground is sort of bland, but the background becomes intricate and beautiful..
This device is mainly focus because it is centered around the little memorial and the background gives the picture some depth.
The device in this picture is depth because the rock in the foreground gives an idea of where the picture was taken which leads into the background which is full of different rocks and trees.
This photo mainly focus and framing because the focus is on the writing and the rock sort of keeps your eyes near the writing.
The main part of this photo is framing, leading lines, and creating depth. Leading lines and framing because the tree branches point to and frame the cave, and the cave just creates natural depth.

Prexy and Geology



I mainly took pictures of the flora around the Geology Museum and Prexy’s Pasture, as well as a few dinosaurs, the Engineering building, and the main statue at Prexi. I learned that focus can change a lot of things about a picture, positioning is important, and lighting is almost everything.



The engineering building picture is sort of mainly about positioning because it is mainly in the bottom and middle of the photo and the center of the building is almost the center of the picture.
In the tree picture it is more about position and the trunk can be a leading line.
In the pine needle one it is about focus and zoom.
In the dinosaur skeleton one it is about position. lighting, and 3X3 because the dinosaur takes up all squares but the top right.
In the branches one, the branches provide a natural frame around the statue and the shade vs lighting provides a sort of cool pattern on it.
In the T-Rex statue lighting has a big role, focus is also important, in this photo.
This photo is also about positioning because the stature is in the bottom middle and the top has nothing.
This photo is about focus on the flowers and also about positioning because the flowers are mainly in the bottom but then the photo transfers into the background with all of the trees.

My First Look at HSI

My name is Andrew Albrandt, and I am from Glenrock, WY. I am currently attending HSI (High School Summer Institute). I am between my Sophmore and Junior year of high school, and I am 16 years old.

I was nominated for HSI because I managed to get some of my teachers to recommend me, filled out the other things necessary to be selected, and kept my grades up. I hope to learn a better understanding of using and creating content on the internet and also better understand media from this class. Another thing I hope to learn is how natural resources are collected and used, by learning in my other class. I hope to learn many of my classmates experiences in this camp as well as how they feel about the camp. Thus far in the camp I have had a great time, because the classes are fun, the activities are great, and the people are even better. This experience is what I had expected because my sister and mother both went and said it was one of their best times in high school, and at this point it is shaping up to be just that.

As I read over other students’ past blogs it helped to learn what they did and what they wished they did so that my time here can be just as great as many others. It also helps to learn how they felt about the camp so that I know it is going to be wonderful. Some of the main things that I found to be surprising was how the trip to Vedauwoo was mentioned a lot. Another thing that surprised me was the fact that despite the amount of kids they managed to meet and know a very big amount of other students. All in all, I hope to have a great time and meet a lot of people at this camp.