Looking back, signs pointed toward journalism from the beginning: an unusual love for school supplies, a growing souvenir collection of bookmarks, a fearless urge to meet new people and a flair for imaginative storytelling. It wasn’t until I first stepped into my alma mater that I knew it was meant to be.
While studying newspaper and online journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, I spent sleepless hours researching, interviewing and typing stories while meeting deadlines for classwork and campus publications alike. The more people I worked with — both fellow students and professors — the stronger my words became.
During college, I worked as a blogger, copy editor, fact checker, reporter, newspaper section editor and magazine executive web editor. Outside of college, I have gained additional experience as a blogger, graphic designer, copy writer and freelance journalist.
My byline has been in The Daily Orange, The Topeka Capital-Journal, Baked Magazine, Jerk Magazine, The South Side Stand and Advisors Excel Insider. Notable interviews include Justin Timberlake and Rob Reiner.
Most of my experience has come from working at SU’s student newspaper, The Daily Orange, consistently recognized as one of the top student publications in the country. Since my first semester on campus when I became a contributing writer, I moved up the ranks to eventually be hired as feature editor for the fall of my senior year. It stands as my most rewarding yet stressful job to date. The real-world application of knowledge I gained from those months far exceeds lessons I scribbled down in a classroom.
With the rapidly changing industry, friends and family sometimes question my chosen profession, calling journalism a dying field. It’s true that the way people receive their news is changing, but the need for trustworthy reporting and information sharing has only increased. I’m right where I belong.