How do you see the evolution of the newspaper in the next five years?
I love holding a physical copy of a newspaper in my hands, but what I love more is digital journalism and how it allows millions of people to see an article with the click of a “share” button. It really connects the world. In the next five years I see more and more people opting for online journalism. After all, the fact that an article can reach millions of people around the world within an hour of it being posted online is a beautiful thing.
Five reasons you love your school:
1. The internship opportunities. My school arranges interview days where you can interview with up to five publications and then they’ll match you with one if you liked the publication and they liked you. It’s kind of like speed dating for aspiring journalists.
2. The professors who have real-world journalism experience and care about their students.
3. The amazing speakers my school flies in, like Christiane Amanpour. Hearing her speak made my year.
4. The innovative journalism classes offered, like “Sex, Love, and Romance in the Mass Media.” (Super fun class.)
5. The opportunity to learn and become efficient in more than one type of journalism with one degree. By the time I graduate I plan to be well versed in every single aspect of journalism, on and off camera, though writing is my true passion.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose?
I would love the ability to cure illnesses. There are a lot of wonderful people who are suffering in life because of sicknesses like cancer or mental illness. I think they could benefit from someone having that power. Plus then the whole world would feel great all the time! Well, mostly.
Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
@LoveisLouder, which was started by actress @Brittanysnow. It’s basically a movement of people saying love is louder than anything that causes pain, including violence, abuse and the pressure to be perfect.
If you could travel to any country, where would you go?
Ireland. It seems like the most beautiful place in the entire world. I love the food, accents, and I’d really like to see a faerie.
What is the most interesting article you’ve ever written?
Probably an article I wrote on a Sri Lankan ordained monk who traveled to my university to teach meditation workshops!
One of the most quirky things about you is…
I’m obsessed with the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve been watching it since I was 6 years old. If I could be a vampire slayer I’d be so incredibly happy. I’d do a good job, too. I was a gymnast for 10 years.
What was the last (non-required) book that you read?
Well, I really wanted to see what all the Fifty Shades of Grey hype was about…
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
Besides my ever-present desire to be the next Disney princess, I’ve always wanted to be a journalist, actually. When I was a little kid I’d go ringing doorbells and asking my neighbors for the breaking news. Then I’d write little stories even though I could only write simple sentences. I probably got it from watching the morning news with my mom. I’m very thankful that I’ve never been one of those kids wondering about what their purpose is in life.