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My First Step

Oredola Kayode is an AYV Scholarships recipient from Lagos, Nigeria. She participated in AYV at Media Concern Initiative, Oredola is currently studying Psychology at Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria.

Kayode_1st post_photoHi everyone,

I’m Oredola Praise Kayode. Wow! This is my first blog post. This is my first year in the university, and I must say it’s not really as easy as it sounds.

I remember when I resumed, it was a really different train ride. Registration at school was the toughest thing ever and went on for three days. I had to stop in between to attend the Adobe Summit in California and upon return, concluded registration for another week.

Waking up for early morning classes is another task, but I thank God for my roommates. It’s taking getting used to school norms like compulsory corporate dressing, lights out, signing of roll call and compulsory attendance of chapel services. The difference in the social life is a story for some other post, trust me, I just didn’t get it. By the way, I attend a Christian university.

Proudly, I have to say I’m studying psychology. Though we are still in the introductory part of the course, I love it. Currently taking 12 courses which include my program and general courses and I love all my lecturers, but if I were to choose who inspires me the most, I would have to say Dr. Adejumo, who teaches Statistics. He is the most intelligent, unpredictable, ironical, amusing and mind blowing personality I have ever met. He not only inspires me, he challenges me. He constantly reminds me how practical psychology and statistics are and challenges me to open up my mind for learning. Whenever I see or listen to him, he reminds me that I have so much to learn.

School schedule is hectic but I like the fact that it allows me personal time to brood and develop my creativity. I have written over five poems just in the course of the semester and am also a member of a dance group. I have also been learning a lot from some video producers and photographers and realized that most people use Adobe software like C6, for editing and finishing most of their productions. This exposure got me thinking on a particular project I would like to produce, although for now, I don’t know if I should focus on the challenges that freshmen face in the university or focus on creating a kind of dance video, or pick any of my poems and do a media piece on it. Maybe, you all can help me decide; please leave a comment if you have any suggestion.

To be honest, if planning or getting ready to go to the university or further education in any way, getting priorities right and knowing what you want is vital as so many things can distract anybody who doesn’t have set priorities, discipline and diligence. Let your unique creativity show and never be afraid to face your fears or show what you got, no matter how scared you feel.

Hard Work Pays Off

Ceballos_1st post_photoAlvaro Ceballos is an AYV Scholarships recipient from New York City. He participated in AYV at Urban Arts Partnership. Alvaro is currently studying Film at the Pratt Institute.

When I left the Dominican Republic I was a junior in high school, very close to starting college. Moving to the United States without knowing English pushed back all my dreams. I needed to start from zero as a freshman in high school again. At first I thought that I would never make it to college, but after all the sacrifices my family and I made, going to college became my priority. I went to ELLIS Preparatory Academy, a school dedicated to serving the academic and social needs of recently arrived youth like myself. Its mission is to assist its international population of students in developing their linguistic, intellectual, cultural and collaborative abilities, so that they may become part of this new culture.

From my second year until my senior year at ELLIS, I was required to do internships. It was at this point in my life when I discovered my passion for art. I interned at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (teen council), the National Museum of the American Indian, Lehman College Art Gallery, Barbara’s Flowers, and Scratch DJ Academy. My final internship was with the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at Urban Arts Partnerships. All of these internships helped me a lot, not only academically and socially, but also artistically. Now I am a full-time student at the Pratt Institute with the dream of becoming a film director.

The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy helped me decide on my college career. Before going to the Academy in early senior year, I was undecided on my major. After interning at the Academy, I realized that film was something that I want to do for the rest of my life as a professional career.  Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy was the only place where I took film classes. I came to the Pratt Institute with knowledge of using Adobe Premiere, and it really helped me for my early assignments in my digital cinema class.

Adjustments in Higher Education

Student Author: Eva Miller

Eva Miller is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Hayward, California. She participated in AYV at Tennyson High School in Hayward. Eva is currently studying Sociology and Communications at California State University, East Bay.

I am more than half way through my first quarter in college. And let me say, it has been an adjustment. For instance, parking is a nightmare, which all I have to compare it to is my high school, where few students drove. Also, in a normal week, I go to school three days out of seven. If you’re not really thinking how great this is, let me do it for you: I do not go to school more than I go to school. I am lucky for this because transitioning has (and I will say it again) been an adjustment.

Miller_1st post_photoAt my college, Cal State East Bay, they require all freshmen to be in a learning community, called clusters. My cluster is named Beats; I thought this would help when producing sound tracks and audio files for my films. A main class of the cluster is Audio Production. I am currently collaborating with a couple of my peers to create a song using audio software. The writing process amuses me as it is required. The song is completely satire and it has been a lot of fun putting it together. My group and I are almost done. Our other classmates have created hype about our song. I am eager to share it with my class.

As my college is in the same community as my home, it has not been hard staying connected with my community, my family, and my friends. I still volunteer and keep in contact with my AYV program (writing this blog post is reminding me to do that more).  Recently, I found out a local community center has an AYV program, and I am aggressively thinking about offering my hands and ideas. I wish I could say I have done more, but as I said before starting college has been an adjustment. And I like to think that once this quarter is over, I will be doing more projects. For example, my cousin has a band, and I will be making music videos for them. I will also be reaching out to my AYV site that has given me so much.

Until next time…

Kevin in the Making

Student Author – Kevin Bernardez

Kevin Bernardez is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Boston, Massachusetts. He participated in AYV at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Kevin is currently attending Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Hello everyone, my name is Kevin Bernardez, and I am so thrilled to introduce myself as an Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships recipient. I have to say that it has truly been a wonderful journey for me from the first day of high school until my first day in college. But wait, my journey does not end here. I still have fuel in my tank that has driven me to become a phenomenal student.

I graduated from Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, located in Roxbury, Massachusetts and I am currently enrolled at Fitchburg State University as a pre-major (undecided). Next semester I would love to major in in Film and Video because that is where my heart is, and that is what I’m most passionate about.

I love everything about film, from the different types of cameras to the way people act in scenes. I am not a very good actor, but with experience, I will be. I am very creative behind the scenes with directing, filming shots, and editing the piece. I have also expanded my horizons by creating animations as well.

I became interested in filmmaking when I was in 7th grade. At the time, my siblings and I created our own dance group called the H Star Crew and for a couple years, we had performed at numerous of places around Boston. In order to gain exposure for ourselves, we decided to produce videos and post them on YouTube. None of my siblings knew how to put clips together so I decided to give it a try, then I gradually learned how to edit videos on my own.

While still in middle school, I also produced music videos with an underground Reggae musician from Boston, which has helped gain exposure for his music. In my spare time, I would learn new aspects of video such as creating special effects. I’ve produced two videos using Adobe After Effects. In one video, I animated bringing the world, lighting, and a Super Mario fireball into my hands as I was sitting at my kitchen table. In another video, I cloned myself dancing, as if I was battling against myself.

As a student at Madison Park, I knew that I was going to experience the cutting edge of television and film production. Being a part of the Adobe Youth Voices program has allowed me to grow potential within myself as an artist. I learned things such as making sure you don’t use copy written music, brand, material and so forth. As an AYV alumni and a recipient of the AYV Scholarship, to have the opportunity to socialize with other Adobe Youth Voices students has opened up doors to network with other artists who has the same interest as me and to build on my craft. The only direction to go from here is forward.  

 

Is Engineering Interesting?

Randhir Singh is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Noida, India. He participated in AYV at Noida Public School. Randhir is currently studying Civil Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra in Kurukshetra, India.

I know the Theory of Relativity and Einstein’s equations boggles even those who have chosen engineering as their career, but I made a bet that when it comes to the practical sessions and workshops, engineering would become really interesting. And this is what I found out. Want to see how? Come…

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AYV Scholar, Randhir Singh, at work

Workshops generally give us a gist of practical information and exposure to every part of a job we do in Engineering. Here “job” is not the usual term we use in our day to day lives but refers to anything we create in workshops and during practical sessions. In my case too I got this exposure and tried my hand on various tools like the lathe machine, bench vice, and welding set to create jobs related to machine, fitting, welding, foundry etc.

Let me explain to you how interesting these shops were and what I learned from them, how I tackle my problem and the overall workshop experience and problems.

 

Welding Shoprandhir singh at work

Many of us have never even held a welder in our hands and this too was my case. I had no past experience of welding. But our instructor made it really easy for us. The main problem was that you are not supposed to look at the light coming out of it. Thank God we had our goggles and masks. But it was not enough, the Iron sheet attracted the welder many times. This was the most irritating part, but after three classes I finally got it.

 

randhir singh at work2Fitting Shop

This was probably the toughest and most laborious workshop for me. Transforming a circular hole created in a thick iron piece by using triangular files, round files, flat files etc. Rubbing, rubbing and rubbing until I got the perfect shape. No matter how much I perspired, it was still the most interesting job for me.

 

Foundry Shop

randhir singh at work3This was the easiest and dirtiest job we did and it reminded me of my childhood when I used to play with dirt. Wow… in this job we were taught to make a molding of a pattern using rectangular frame and foundry tools.

I still am learning techniques to improve my expertise in each job, the only bad thing is that this class is only once in a week.

But, guys, engineering is really interesting, and if you are keen to find logic behind every day to day happening, then you should surely adopt it as your future. Last but not the least, thanks to Adobe Youth Voices for this scholarship, which made it possible for me to start my college degree in engineering this year and learn such amazing and creative things here.

Thanks a lot!!!

 

An Experience of a Maynoothian

Student Author: Delia Aires

Delia Aires is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Dublin, Ireland. She participated in AYV at the Blanchardstown Computer Clubhouse Foroige. Delia is currently studying Digital Media at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

This month has been one of the most inspiring, intriguing and exciting months of my life to date! Why? Because I’m in college, finally.

Since beginning University my eyes have been dramatically opened. It is a completely different world to the one I have been living in so far. For me, University is a place of freedom, friendship and the most important of all, learning. Before I arrived here, I expected it to be comprised of these components but never did I imagine how much they would be a part of college life. It is worlds away from Secondary school (High school) in that self-motivation is necessary. This instills great qualities within the individual, including responsibility.

The new friendships I have made already have been eye-opening. I have met all kinds of young people from all walks of life who, like myself, are eager to dive head first into the wonderful new adventure that is, college life and learning. I hope to not only learn from my lecturers, but from my peers also.

photo 2_survival guideLuckily, there are some amazing facilities in my University with access to Mac labs and TV studios nearby. Creativity is promoted. In fact, the leader of the student union, Mal Callan, thrust us into this creative environment from day one. For us incoming Freshers (First Years), he wrote a book named ‘The First Year Survival Guide’. This is not just an ordinary book though. The craftsmanship within it is pristine. It contains advice on how to be happy and healthy in college through humour. The sheer creativity and skill executed by Mal in this project has influenced my own creativity greatly. The true spirit of talent shines from it, which is helping and inspiring our college community for the better.

Speaking of creativity, I have recently completed working on and editing my first video project in Digital Media, the course I am doing. Although the process was long, I gained knowledge from it. Working with interesting and creative people allowed me to broaden my own creativity once more. I hope that this will continue throughout my life.

As this blog comes to a close, I must stress how grateful I am for this AYV scholarship. With it, I am thriving and gaining new information constantly through University. Without it, I would not be doing so. The main message this Adobe scholarship has embedded in my mind is that creativity and education combined can achieve a multitude of dreams and goals.

Creativity In and Out of the Classroom with Adobe Youth Voices

We believe that everyone has the power to create change – including (and especially) our youth. What everyone does not have, however, are the resources they need to bring their ideas to life.

At Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), we want to change that. We want to ignite creative confidence in youth by giving them the tools they need to create compelling visual stories that move people to take action in their communities. In our evolving world of media, the use of graphics, photographs and films is pervasive. AYV youth are learning the skills they need to solve for the issues they face in their communities today and eventually in the workplace as well.

2013 AYV Awards winning graphics

2013 AYV Awards winning graphics

Helping these students and seeing them grow is what inspires me to come to work every day. Amanda Tomchick fromSeattle, WA believes that the program changed her life. Alumni Zach James is now an intern with Butchershop Pro in San Francisco after working with their team at AYV Summit last year. And Kasiem Aboti Walters says that he now has the confidence he needs to perform his art in front of others.

This is exactly the type of news I love to hear, but they represent just 3 of the 33,500 students that participated in 2013. And it doesn’t stop there – more youth are submitting photo essays, music videos, and other forms of visual storytelling this year as part of the AYV Awards. Their work is amazing – take a look at some of it here and learn how to get involved.

AYV educator Claire Beach says it best in the video below: “These projects change the way [students] think about media and empower them to be better global citizens. I’m able to help youth tell visual stories about how they would solve real-world issues and prepare them for their creative future.”

We’re so inspired by what these students have already accomplished and can’t wait to see what they come up with this year. To the Amandas, Zachs, and Kasiems of the world – keep at it. We’re behind you all the way.

Let the Post-Secondary Education Begin!

FriesenStudent Author: Caleb Friesen

Caleb Friesen is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and participated in AYV at Canterbury High School. Caleb is currently in the Media stream of the Communications program at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and plans to become a Photojournalist. 

Well, I’m finally at university, and I can’t quite believe it. The time has passed so quickly. I remember a younger me looking across the playground at the seventh grade students of my elementary school and thinking, “It’s going to take me forever to get that old.” I’ve far surpassed that level of education, and am currently attending Trinity Western University.

This is a new campus, a new city, and a new stage of life for me. How did I get here? Why am I here? Is this really happening? All three of these questions have passed through my mind in the last few weeks. Answers to these questions float around inside of my brain though too.

How did I get here? Well, hard work I suppose. Dedication maybe? I know talent helped a bit as well. But it wasn’t just me that got me here. I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who believe in my cause and care about me. God, family, teachers, friends and even people I have yet to meet have all gotten me to where I am today.

Why am I here? That’s a tougher question to answer, because there are so many different vantage points one can observe it from. My parents think I’m here so that I can graduate and get a good job and live a happy, healthy life. My peers think I’m here because post-secondary is what all the kids are doing these days. My teachers think I’m here because the interest I showed in their classes reflects a desire to learn and use what I learn to benefit myself, and the world around me. I think I’m here because this is where God wants me to be. I believe that the way things all fell into place to allow me to be here did not occur by chance. I also think that I’m here because of the desire that led me here. If I didn’t want to get an education after high school, I wouldn’t have. It’s the fact that there is so much to learn and discover here that drew me in, and it’s the promise of opportunity and adventure that keep me here.

Is this really happening? Well, the simple answer is yes. The complicated answer deals with 16th century philosopher, Descartes, and his arguments supporting the theory of dualism, references to The Matrix and Inception, and a lot of brain-pain, but I’ll save that for the PHIL 105 paper I’m in the process of writing.

I’m missing my family, struggling to maintain a somewhat healthy sleep schedule, and working hard to stay on top of all the work university requires of students. None of those things mitigate my desire to be here though, or how much I’m enjoying this experience. To attend university is such a privilege and an honour, and I’m so glad I’m here.

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Adobe Issues Call for Entries to 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

ADAA 2014Attention creative students! Today Adobe announced the call-for-entries for the fourteenth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). This prestigious competition honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from around the world. Students are encouraged to submit their most creative projects for a chance to have their work recognized globally.

The ADAA competition is for individuals and groups who produce work using Adobe’s world-class creative tools and services such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Submissions are eligible in one of 11 categories from three segments: Traditional Media; Interactive Experience; and Motion and Video. Students will have a chance to showcase their talent and have their work judged by an international panel of design experts who will choose the category and Grand Prize winners. Winners will be announced in October in conjunction with the Adobe MAX event to be held in Los Angeles.

This year, the ADAA will also provide mentorship opportunities identified by ADAA’s co-sponsor Icograda – the International Council of Communication Design. Once a student submits their entry, they become eligible for mentorship selection. Fifty students will be chosen to receive a 3-month mentorship in 2014, with an additional 450 students to receive a portfolio review by an industry professional. More information regarding the ADAA mentorship program can be found here.

Deadline for entries is June 20, 2014 at 5pm PST. For ssubmission guidelines, categories, prize information and more, visit www.adobeawards.com. Also, check out our Facebook page or follow us @AdobeEDU and @Adobeawards for the latest news and updates.

Congratulations to the Winner of the Adobe Creativity in Education Pin to Win Sweepstakes!

EDUsweepsI am pleased to announce the winner of our creativity sweepstakes that called on educators and parents to showcase creativity in education through a Pinterest board. Megan Bonner, an educator from Downingtown, PA is the lucky winner. Her amazing board included 127 pins ranging from student’s work to inspirational imagery and quotes. You can check it out for yourself here.

To better understand her inspiration and creative process, we sat down with Megan (virtually) and asked her a few questions. Check out the interview and let us know what inspires you.

Adobe: Why is creativity important in your classroom?

Bonner: In a lot of classes, there are only right and wrong answers, leaving little room for creativity. Kids are so creative if they are given room to explore their ideas. In my computer art and ceramics classrooms, my students can be creative, think outside the box, and test out their ideas while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I want to see what my students are capable of and want them to develop their own viewpoints and styles.

Adobe: Where do you look for creative inspiration?

Bonner: Pinterest! It should really be called “Pinspiration” (at least for me). Pinterest is a great place to find ideas from other art teachers, see finished work, and go from there. Innovation comes from necessity. So if I see something I don’t like, an outdated or ineffective logo for example, I will turn that into a lesson where my students create a new and improved version.

Adobe: How do you inspire your students?

Bonner: I tell my graphic design students that I taught myself all of the Adobe programs that I teach (except for Flash and Dreamweaver) and didn’t have any sort of instruction. When I was in college, computer art was just starting to become popular, and I focused on more traditional art. I learned how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign by using books, magazines and online tutorials. I encourage my students to look for online tutorials and read magazines to find out how to do what they want to do, look for inspiration, and learn new techniques.

I also look for contests for my students. I enter my students in as many as possible to get their artwork out in the community. And even if a contest has passed, they are often a great way to find new ideas for projects.

Adobe: What advice would you give to other educator’s looking to foster creativity in their classrooms?

Talk to your students. Tailor your lessons and projects so they incorporate things that your students enjoy. Always try to find a way to bring a student’s idea to fruition.

Adobe: Any last thoughts—comments from students, tips and tricks, what’s next?

Bonner: I cannot wait to use my new laptop and Adobe Creative Cloud! I am always looking for ways to expand and build upon our graphic design course offerings, so I’m hoping that exposure to some new software can help with that. I’m very excited to use Muse! Also, I will continue to add to my Creativity in Education board on Pinterest by adding new resources and student work, so stay tuned!

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