Hello we’re Chris and Monica Porta new interns at Access Tucson. We’re both juniors at the University of Arizona working through Project PEPP (Portable, Practical, Educational Preparation) in order to get a broader view of the fields we each are pursuing. Monica is pursuing a creative writing major while Chris is working on a business major.
We represent two of the Porta quads—quadruplets born February 15, 1991. There are three girls and one boy. We have another brother that is three years older. We were born in Biloxi, Mississippi and moved here to Tucson when we were three years old. We were raised by our mom, a single parent and our grandparents.
We both chose to get involved with Project PEPP as a way to have a summer job and to gain experience. Working here at Access Tucson was the first time we both got an opportunity to see how TV programs are produced and what happens behind the scenes. This was the first time we saw ourselves on TV and really enjoyed it. It was a fun experience to learn about the setting and how to use the anchor desk.
Project PEPP is a summer program that gives teenagers and young adults an opportunity to work in the summer to gain work experience and to earn money. This program is meant to open doors for those who are financially challenged and have a hard time finding employment opportunities. The workers at Project PEPP get to know you and your personality to try and find jobs that interest you and give you an opportunity to work in a career or field you would like to pursue.
Working at Access Tucson we hope to understand the media and how to express ourselves through it. Access Tucson is a great opportunity to gain knowledge of the media and to have a reference for future jobs. Our hopes for the end of this internship are to know more of how to use camera equipment and be more fluent with communication and expressing ourselves through the visual aspects of media.