A 19-year-old Scotia native made a splash at the 2008 summer Olympics by interning with NBC sports at the Water Cube, where the Games' swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competitions were held.
Shannon Archer, who returned from Beijing Wednesday, Aug. 27, will be a junior at Ithaca College, where she is studying Integrated Marketing Communications and Sport Studies.
Archer, who has been a competitive swimmer for 12 years, said she was most surprised by the amount of work that goes into a television broadcast.
I had little idea of how it all worked, and being able to see the most talented producers and directors do what they do best so that everyone back home can also experience the Games first-hand has completely blown me away, Archer said from her post in Beijing. "They are truly very talented people."
Since applying to the Park School of Communication at Ithaca College in 2006, Archer has been aware of the opportunity to work in Beijing, but the opportunity became reality when she applied and was interviewed by NBC.
She said the dream really came true when she landed in Beijing after taking her first plane ride out of the country.
Throughout her stay at the Media Village, which was built specifically for the Games, Archer said she has noticed the emphasis on respect in the Chinese culture. She said overall the Chinese population has been very welcoming to the more than 180 million visitors in their country.
"The Olympics are such a big deal for this country, and you can definitely tell, the people here are so proud of their country and culture and so excited to host the Games."
She said other countries seem to hold the highest regard for the Games as well.
"All countries seem to understand that the Games are not only an opportunity to showcase each individual country's athletic talent, but also an opportunity for all countries to come together and be linked by a common bond," Archer said.