by Beyond Stereotypes
The best thing about being apart of “Beyond Stereotypes” is?
“Beyond Stereotypes” loved working together! We were all very cooperative and hard working as we collaborated on projects. Chesna was a writer, Ricardo was a writer, Samuel was the videographer, Dominique was the photographer, Mustafa was the video editor, and Rob was the audio editor. We were open to learning how to use different programs on the computers, which is a significant skill because technology played an enormous role in our tasks. We were able to be extremely productive and serious when it came to getting our work done, which were the most important and influential factors of our progress.
Our favorite moment was?
The trips we went on taught us how to be professional and attentive in various situations. We agree that our favorite trip was when we went to Macy’s because we received gift cards, coupons, and free food, as well as an entertaining show that was put on by a couple personal shoppers that work for the company. Through this presentation, we learned about different ways to dress for interviews, the workplace, and other professional venues. What we learned from this experience is that the right attire for professional events and locations is extremely important if we want to convey the right image and demonstrate that we are serious about our futures. We also learned that through specific pieces of clothing, we can also add a touch of personality or a hint of ourselves and who we are. However, things like accessories and jewelry should never be excessive because that would be distracting and inappropriate.
The most challenging part was?
The most challenging part about this internship was interviewing people on the street. We were taught how to approach people in a professional way and how to receive their consent for an informative session. Our specific topic was about the different stereotypes of Africa and Africans. We were very interested to hear what people think about Africans, their culture, and the continent itself because some people we met did not know some of the simplest things, such as the fact that Africa is a continent, not a country. We were eager and happy to enlighten them and let the people who had the wrong ideas know that Africa is not at all what the media and what the educational system portrays it to be. Our job was mainly to inform people about the truths while gathering their unique perspectives about this continent.