How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?
As someone who appreciates tangible print, I think there will always be a market for newspapers and magazines, though most of them will likely put more and more effort into web and smartphone applications for tech-savvy readers. This has already led to a spike in supplemental materials like videos and interactive graphics, and I think as technology advances so will the possibilities to enhance our storytelling in creative ways.
Five reasons you love your school:
1. The campus: Clairmont Campus (where my apartment is) looks like a resort!
2. The weather: I’m always cold, so the warm weather was on the top of my “pros” list for coming here. Even walking between classes makes me happy every day.
3. The location: Atlanta is a great place for both journalism and public health — the CDC is just around the corner! I also love live music, and the city never falls short of music festivals and affordable concerts.
4. The people: Southern hospitality is real, and the faculty and staff here really aim to help students succeed not only in their time at Emory but also after graduation. Not to mention, we have students from dozens of countries, as well as Tibetan monks studying biology here. (And our unofficial mascot, Dooley, is pretty awesome.)
5. The size: I have the opportunity to meet new people every day, but I also enjoy the smaller class sizes and feeling like my actions can make a real impact on campus.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
Maria Popova, the mastermind behind Brain Pickings
What was your first online screen name?
One of the quirkiest things about you is…
My love for koalas is bordering on obsession.
What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?
For a magazine writing class junior year, I wrote a feature on the executive director of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and the Task Force’s pending eviction due to a chain of lawsuits. At the time, the Task Force had been embroiled in dozens of legal battles with the defense that city officials and representatives from organizations including the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Central Atlanta Progress and Emory Healthcare had been conspiring to shut the shelter down by cutting all of its funding. Many detractors argued that the Task Force was not paying its debts to the city or sufficiently helping the homeless find jobs and housing. It was really interesting to interview someone facing the possibility of losing what they said pulled at their heartstrings and to be able to really get to know the person behind the controversy.
If you had to choose a movie title for your life story (so far), what would it be?
The Adventures of Dobo
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
Elementary school teacher