I was so excited to begin the journey, and I started off early covering my first meet in January. It was so much different than I expected. The atmosphere of being in the arena and on the floor with the gymnasts is so much different compared to sitting in the stands! It’s exhilarating and makes me want to be out there competing! I loved being able to highlight the talent on the Maryland Gymnastics team and provide the gymnastics community with videos showing great gymnastics. The coaching staff at Maryland was phenomenal during my internship, and helped me out as much as they could.
For me, the toughest part of the internship was figuring out how to edit the videos so they would turn out the way you envisioned them to be. It was challenging to plan ahead and get the exact angle and shot that you want, and when you put it all on the computer it turns out different than what you thought it would be! Another set-back was when my computer pretty much crashed for a few weeks and every time I tried to edit the videos, my computer would turn off, which was very frustrating to deal with.
On the other hand, the best part was being able to stay in the gymnastics world for a little bit longer and experience what happens behind the scenes and to meet all the girls on the team! In my opinion, one of the easiest things was filming meets and usually I could stand just in the middle of the arena and get a good shot of every event.
I am very thankful that I was given this opportunity to be involved in college gymnastics for a semester. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and had a lot of fun being an intern for Gymnastike. I also was able to test out a new lens I bought for my camera, take a look at the photos section for the Maryland 2012 page :)