Kokomo, Ind. - Bryce Reish is a New Media, Art, and Technology major, but his experience with the KEY Summer Institute prepared him for his first day in college more than he expected. And even more amazingly, he developed a special relationship immediately with Spanish instructor, JR Pico, that changed everything for him. Listen to Bryce's story as he takes a seat in The Red Chair.
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The Red Chair is randomly placed around the IU Kokomo campus. Anyone walking by is free to sit down, get comfy, and share their experience about IU Kokomo.
Indiana University Kokomo celebrates 75 years as north central Indiana’s choice for higher education.
Description of the video:
Upbeat music plays while we are shown cuts between different students speaking, aerial shots of campus, and close-ups of the red chair. The screen reads “The Red Chair at Indiana University Kokomo.”
Bryce Reish, New Media, Art and Technology major sits in the Red Chair in a hallway. He addresses the camera.
“J.R. Pico, the Spanish teacher, he was my KEY summer institute advisor, coolest guy ever. I mean, if you have someone you need to go to, if you’ve never met him, he’ll walk up and hug you, he’s just that kind of guy. And that was the best first impression from a teacher I’ve ever had in my entire life. Like, I don’t have him in Spanish class right now, but I’m going to take Spanish just because of him, but like, he became an immediate friend of mine and just the stuff that he said and the experiences he’s had and the stories he has, you immediately fall in love with him if you talk to him, at all, ever. So, go talk to J.R.”
Bryce continues, “this summer I went on the KEY summer institute, kind of a week getaway thing I guess, and I have to say that’s a really good experience. A lot of colleges you don’t get an opportunity to really meet the staff, meet the faculty, and get friends before you get to class and I mean it’s a small campus. People that you see at the KEY Institute you’re going to see the first day of school so it’s nice to be able to be walking down the hallway and say “hey, how’re you doing” instead of walking down the hallway not knowing who anyone is. Having 20 to 30 people who you know their first and last name, the first day of school, especially when you know you’re going to see them, it’s pretty awesome. You don’t feel alone, you know where everything’s at and you know who the people are. And then you also know a few advisors that you had been with for a week that you get to know, which is kind of nice if you get caught up in what you’re doing or you don’t know how to think straight that already know you, that you can walk up to and ask ‘hey I need help, where’s this at?’ or if you’re struggling mentally, so that’s pretty nice and a really good benefit of the KEY summer institute.”
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