Throughout the week of the MIPA camp for young journalists, it is found the fun activities scheduled aren’t just for the students. Operations coordinator 1, Tammy Jo Sopocy, walks through the hallways proud to represent her bright pink hat. She said she couldn’t let the kids have all the fun and joined right in on Monday, July 29th for hat day.
“Making sure everyone is safe and the security that we are using is the best is my first priority,” Sopocy said. “However, I always love to have fun and interact with the students. Seeing the different groups explore new ideas is my favorite part of the job.”
The administration personnel in the residence halls see many groups of students throughout the year. The groups in the summer vary from youth conferences to sports teams, but once September hits, the halls are flooded with incoming Michigan State students.
“The biggest difference I see between summer and fall groups is the amount of energy the summer groups bring to their program,” Sopocy said. The youth that come here have more rigor than the typical college student. They are more willing to find the wow factors on campus.”
Students are also finding these wow factors in the MIPA workshop.
“I love how interactive and hands on MIPA is compared to the other camps I have been to,” said Waterford sophomore Kristin Warholak. “I’ve learned so much more and met so many more people in just a few short days here.”