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Opening Day at Mt. Bachelor

As I’m assuming you all know, I love snowboarding. I don’t just love snowboarding because I think it’s a fun thing to do with my free time. I love snowboarding because of its general atmosphere. No matter if you’re just starting out, a pro, or simply just taking your time, no one makes fun of you for it. Everyone comes together to hope for snow. We all are out there because of one simple reason: we love it. No one makes us be there, no one forces us to spend money on a season pass, we do it because it’s what makes us happy. When something makes a large group of people happy, there is not a day when countless smiles aren’t returned. Doing something you love, with the people you love? I don’t see what gets better than that.

For this project, I started out using my GoPro. After using it, my dad took the case off to clean it and put it back in his pocket without its case, where it later broke to an unfixable degree. I ended up losing most of the footage I wanted to use, however I did record some things on my phone. Using my iPhone was the reason for this long-shot footage. I clearly forgot to ask if it was okay to use swear words in the music I used so I’m sorry for that in advance! I didn’t realize it was so bad until I had already uploaded it to YouTube!

This class has been too much fun to put into words. Going into it, I was unsure what I wanted to get out of it. Now, I get to have skills that I never would’ve learned otherwise. Thank you guys and thank you Teresa! It has been a blast!

Professional Interview With Elena Hight


As many of you know by now I am a huge fan of Elena Hight and I love snowboarding! With this project, I realized that I have actually done this exact process before when I met Elena Hight! Although I have no idea what I want to do career wise, I know that I want it to be involved with the snowboarding industry. What better way to get involved with the snowboarding industry than to interview a professional snowboarder?

When I went to Mt. Hood this summer to snowboard and meet Elena, I knew I was going to be nervous. Considering my past with being starstruck before, I decided that it would be a good idea to write down some questions. Even just writing down the questions got my nerves to boil up! I thought about all of the different things i could ask her. I could ask her about how she got started with snowboarding, I thought about how I could ask her why she loves snowboarding, I thought about how I could ask her about her sponsors, I thought about how I could ask her about her personal life and possibly become friends with her (in the most non-creepy-way possible), I thought about how if I asked her about her boyfriend, who in a previous interview I watched of her she mentioned that he wasn’t a professional snowboarder as well as her but he was involved in the industry, and I thought about how I could simply ask her about what she thinks I should do to get more involved in the industry.

Getting to meet Elena was the highlight of my summer so i remember this interview vividly. My heart pounding, my stomach growling, and being so anxious that I couldn’t even eat Volcano Cones. Volcano Cones is one of the best ice cream places I’ve ever been to. It’s so good that it’s ridiculous. Waiting for a message on twitter from Elena was the most suspesful thing I’ve ever been through. After hours of waiting, she messaged me. She asked if I was in Government Camp, and as I replied with a yes, lightning fast, she proceeded to tell me that she was at Volcano Cones. My friend and I walked towards Volcano Cones with our nerves bouncing off the walls. We were a block away from meeting our favorite snowboarder. Not only were we a block away from meeting our snowboarder, but we were also going to hangout with her.

When we finally reached Volcano Cones, I spotted her. Not only did I spot Elena Hight, but I also spotted two other professional snowboarders: Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark and Olympic athlete Spencer O’Brien. Well, that didn’t exactly help my nerves. We proceeded to sit at the table where Kelly was and awaited Elena Hight’s arrival.

When Elena came over, she greeted me with a hug and was just about the nicest person ever. During the interview, I had Kelly and Spencer there to contribute to my answers. I asked them everything from how they got started with snowboarding, to how they manage their sponsors and the business aspects of their profession. They gave me amazing advice on how to find out what I want to do. They told me to start out taking business or Media Arts classes to see what interests me the most. After doing that, if I still had no clue on what to do with my life, they told me that I could always contact them again and ask them on their opinions. Not only had I finally gotten the help I had been looking for career wise, I had also made three business connections that could last a lifetime.

Helpful Resources At Lane!

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Rock on, Teresa!                                “Blue Cyc Wall”           Where you go when you’re broke!

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Find this guy in the main art gallery!                  Art-O-Mat                          Library time!

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Neat sculpture!            Online E-book in the library on Media Arts!      Hey Mary Jo Kreindel!

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Trying to save gas? Well….         Plan your future the right way!        Just your….. common area.

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There’s only one roof as wavy as that one                     Thought about giving them some constructive

…… The Students First building’s!                                                              criticism

Professional Blog Search

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  • To reach her blog simply press the option that says “blog” at the top of the page/

This blog is everything Elena Hight! (Which it should be, it’s her blog)                                                                                        When venturing on you can find almost anything out that you want to know about her! Her birthday, the competitions she’s competed in recently, all of the competitions that she has won, seriously anything!This blog is creative because she has an eye-drawing banner at the top of the page whenever you first click on it! This banner seems to be short videos of things with a deeper meaning. By this, i mean that I believe these small videos are supposed to get you thinking of what type of person she is really like. Mysterious, open, innovative, focused, optimistic, and all for helping the environment. Without even scrolling down on her blog, you have an idea of what it’s going to be about. Or maybe you don’t even want to learn about Elenea Hight, you just want to get to one of her sponsor’s pages? Well, she put links to all of them! Volcom, Repreve, GoPro, Nixon, Sprint, Smith Optics, Toyota, and B4BC! One of the best things I think that she has on her blog, however, is a section where you can see her most recent videos, photos, and social media posts! Elena also has a link on her blog, to another blog! Her second blog consists of creative, healthy foods to make! With her partnership to reprieve, she took it upon herself to get her fans involved with her healthy lifestyle. As an olympic athlete, she tries to help others be the best they can be! For her, it’s all about living an active lifestyle! She took blog innovation to a whole new level.

All about me!

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I have always been into action sports! For a girl, that’s not exactly the sports path that people would expect. I’ve been skateboarding since I was four, and have skateboarded alongside some of the best skateboarders in history! (Bob Burnquist, Tony Hawk, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, etc.) I wasn’t competing against them but before I moved away from San Diego, I was doing the same sized half pipes as them and skating with them almost every time I went to the local park with an X-Games ramp. After moving from San Diego to Bend, I found that my style of skateboarding was hard to continue with the resources available to me. Then, I was introduced to snowboarding. Ooooh boy, let me tell you, I love snowboarding! It’s my favorite thing to do. Although I’m not able to do it year-round I’m always training for it! One thing I’ve always dreamed about doing is making videos for snowboarding! I own a GoPro so I’m always out filming my friends and I, but have never been the best at editing my videos. in this class, that’s what I’m hoping to learn! Maybe we won’t go into detail about that type of thing in the class, but at least taking this class will give me a better idea of if a Media Arts career is something I’d like to pursue! Whatever I do, I hope that I am working to help better the lives of other female action sports athletes. Whether media arts can get me to where I want to be with my career or not is what I hope to find out in this class, and even if it can’t I’m excited to broaden my horizon on what I already consider to be decent technology skills.