Major: Journalism: News and Information with a specialization in Spanish
Exp. Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Hometown: Aurora, Ohio
Involvement on Campus: Vice President of OU chapter of Society of Professional Journalists, ACRN DJ Redzup, Harry Potter Alliance Member and Media Chair, The Post Culture Staff Member
Where was your internship this summer and can you talk a little bit about how you got the internship?
So, it’s kind of weird, but my mom has a friend who knows someone who works at ideastream in Cleveland which is where I had my internship. It’s the headquarters for everything public media in Cleveland. It was hard to figure out if I would even be able to have an internship this summer, because, during spring semester 2017, I was studying abroad in Toledo, Spain.
It was hard to try to plan that when you’re living in a different world essentially and you have this time difference and everything. But I emailed the person that I knew through all of those other people. She got back to me and although they didn’t have internships for the side of journalism I want to go into, I did end up working as their special events intern and I ended up really liking it.
As a special events intern at ideastream, what were some of the things you did?
I wasn’t really at a desk all the time and when I first got there, there were a lot of events going on and running around to do. I felt really useful there. Granted, it was a lot of me running around getting things and doing small tasks, but I just felt like everyone that worked there really cared about my goals for the future. It was just a really good environment to work in.
What did you learn from your internship?
One of the things I learned from my internship was that I liked doing this kind of work and although I’m kind of on the broadcast track, while I was working in this position I realized that I wouldn’t mind working on special events and things like that. It low-key sent me into a mid-college crisis because I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this internship, so what did that mean for the plan I had originally laid out for my career in broadcast?
I also just learned so much about that side of journalism that I didn’t know about before and it was really nice to be working in a positive environment.
Have you started to figure out or overcome your “mid-college crisis?”
Yeah, kind of. I’m just trying to throw myself back into the broadcast side of things, because I know if I don’t do it now and don’t figure out what I want to do, I’ll regret it. For example, next semester I’m taking the broadcasting midday class where I’ll be working on broadcast journalism every day and getting more real-life experience.
When I studied abroad I realized that I didn’t really miss journalism at all, which made me wonder if it was something I really wanted to do. I want a job that isn’t going to make miserable because I know people that hate their jobs and that’s my biggest fear. I’m hoping by taking that class it will really help me determine what I want to do, and then I can move forward.
I’m also planning on coming into the CLDC soon to set up a career coaching appointment because I’ve heard about them and I think with where I am right now I would really benefit from it.
You mentioned that you studied abroad for a semester last year, why did you decide to study abroad?
I love to travel and it was a goal of mine when I came to college to study abroad. I was looking at different programs and I had gone into the Office of Global Opportunities to find out what opportunities fit me. And then the Spanish professor who led the Toledo, Spain trip came and gave a presentation to my class and I was like “oh my gosh this is literally perfect.” I was right at the level in Spanish that I needed to be and it was going to give me credits that I was going to be taking anyway.
Everything just clicked with this program.
What were your favorite memories or experiences from your semester in Spain?
I just feel like so much more me, if that makes sense. When I was in Spain I was purely authentically myself. I didn’t feel like I had to adjust my personality or how I acted around certain people when I was in Spain.
I loved that I was able to learn and do new things every day. Every morning when I woke up I was just so excited to get up and get going. I learned so deeply there, it was like intrinsic learning.
What advice can you give to students who want to study abroad but aren’t sure that they can make it work? Whether that be financially or working out a good class schedule?
Start by going to the Office of Global Opportunities because they want you to study abroad and they want to show you how you can study abroad. There are also so many scholarships you can apply for to help. I think if you do your research and look at the programs you can make it happen, but if you just resign yourself to thinking that you can’t do it then you definitely won’t.
I also know people who have said that they just have too many classes to take, but you can go on summer, winter break or spring break programs and do it that way. But when I was there for a whole semester, I took all academic classes that I needed and that would count toward something. You can plan it out that you’re getting credits for stuff that you need, you just have to find the program that fits for you credit wise and it will work.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
When you meet other people that go to OU, everyone is just so excited and happy to meet you. I wore an OU sweatshirt when I was downtown in Cleveland and people were like “yeah go Bobcats!” I just think when you’re a Bobcat you gravitate toward other Bobcats and I think that’s cool.
Our campus is great too, I’m looking outside right now and I can see five different colors of trees and I’m living for it.
Interview conducted by CLDC Social Media Intern Kate Ansel