Erial resident Collin Schuck is now little more than a week away from realizing one of the biggest dreams of his young life.
He'll be going to the Olympics.
No, Schuck won't be rowing or swimming or wrestling or boxing or running or throwing. He will, however, be part of a team making sure you and I and millions of Americans can watch the Olympic athletes row, swim, wrestle, box, run and throw.
Schuck, 21, is an NBC 2012 Summer Olympics intern.
One of the tops reasons Schuck cited in his decision to enroll at Ithaca College was a chance to go the London Games.
"To go to work as an intern at the Olympics—that was one of the deciding factors that took me to Ithaca instead of Syracuse," he said.
Schuck, a 2009 Timber Creek Regional High School graduate, had learned the New York school was among a handful of colleges that had partnered with NBC Universal for an internship program that would have students working the London Games.
It was about a year ago now that Schuck found out he would be one of about 20 Ithaca students selected by NBC, which will provide viewers with around-the-clock Olympics coverage on its family of television networks.
Schuck will board a British Airways flight bound for London next Sunday, and will spend the following three-plus weeks in England working as a "logger" for NBC at the International Broadcast Center.
"It didn't really register with me how big of an environment it's going to be until I found out where in London I was working," the aspiring play-by-play sports broadcaster said. "I'm in the center control hub of all media for the Games. I'll be working in the NBC section, but, at the same time, I'm with everyone. And just to be in that kind of an environment and realize how big of a media event this really is."
As a "logger," Schuck will be reviewing NBC footage that comes into the International Broadcast Center and assigning time codes to it. He also hopes to get the opportunity to do some editing—something he says he has become familiar with through the "hands-on experience" offered at Ithaca.
Schuck, a senior journalism major, served as anchor of Ithaca College Television's Newswatch 16 news program as a sophomore and junior, as news director at WICB-FM as a sophomore, and as sports director at online Ithaca College radio station, VICradio.org.
Schuck has never been overseas.
"I'm looking forward to just kind of being over there, just experiencing another place," he said.
A big fan of Arsenal—a soccer club in the English Premier League—he plans to use some of his down time to take a trip to the team's stadium in northwest London.
And, for the record, Schuck likes Kobe and Lebron's 2012 Olympic men's basketball team over Jordan and Magic's 1992 Dream Team.