Culture Shock

Hi! My name is Raelle Smiley and I am a junior at Trinity University.  I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but have lived in Austin, Texas for most of my life. I graduated from Westlake High School in 2008 and was on the swim team at Trinity for my freshman and part of my sophomore years. I have been swimming since I was 4 years old and I think the hard work and dedication I practiced in the sport has helped shape me into the person I am today.

This summer I worked as a swim instructor at a school called Waterloo Swim School in Austin.  This was the first summer that the school was open and I had a great time meeting all of the new students and helping to shape the school.  I taught students of all ages and teaching them how to swim has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.  When I wasn’t teaching lessons this summer I also worked as an intern at an Austin based public strategies firm called ROSSCommunications.  This was my first “real” job, I really learned a lot about what it is like to work in an office and how to make it in the business world.

I am looking forward to being in the Games for the Web class.  As I am not an avid gamer myself I am slightly concerned about the culture shock I may experience once we enter the world of MMO’s but I can’t wait to give it a try.  I was really interested when Dr. Delwiche explained to me that we are going to be looking into the cross-cultural communication that occurs within the gaming world.  I can’t wait to get to know everyone in the class and to learn more about what we are going to be doing!

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