Major: Broadcast Journalism with Spanish minor
Expected Graduation: May 2020
Hometown: Muncie, Indiana
Involvement on Campus: WOUB Public Media (Broadcast Journalist and Reporter), Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity (Brother of the Semester in Fall 2018), Undergrad Admissions Tour Guide, Journalism Ambassador, Young Life, Former Pepsi Scholar (2017), Society of Professional Journalists
How did you choose Ohio University?
It was the first campus that felt like home. Out of all the other colleges I visited, OHIO seemed like the one where I could get involved in some pretty cool things, like WOUB, early on. It’s a big enough school that the opportunities are awesome, but it’s also small enough that underclassmen can step up and get involved right away. Also, I love nature and elevation; to me, these hills are basically mountains. I knew Athens and southeast Ohio was an area where I could explore, hike, do photography and never get bored. I saw that everyone was extra nice on campus too, and it was a very easy place to fall in love with.
How did you choose your major, and what excites you most about it?
I’ve always loved stories and how they move people. I grew up obsessing over stories in movies, books, video games, music and on the news. I already loved using a camera for photography as a kid, so I figured I could gain the skills to use it for broadcast, videography, storytelling and reporting the news. What excites me about it is that no two days are the same. News is constantly changing and there are constantly new ways to tell and create stories, so the work I’m doing is always evolving. Also, I love the people that I get to meet and talk to. I’m in a field where interacting with celebrities is normal, and that fascinates me.
Have you ever used career or leadership training services on campus? (e.g., taken a career class, gone to the CLDC, met with a career or leadership coach, etc.)
I obtained a leadership certificate through Pepsi Scholars. I’ve also been to the CLDC to meet with a leadership coach for a few one-on-one sessions.
Have you taken on any leadership roles at OHIO? If so, please describe.
For the past two summers, I helped lead the High School Journalism Workshop as part of the J-Crew. In Phi Sigma Pi, I led debates and enforced our by-laws as the Parliamentarian last year. As a sophomore, I was on the Public Relations committee. Also, as a journalism ambassador, I help lead Scripps Alumni events and things like the awards banquet at the end of the year.
Tell us about one of your most significant career development experiences at OHIO.
My most significant career development is getting the TODAY Show internship. Ever since I was a junior in high school, I knew about that possibility and I made it my goal for college to get it before I graduated. Now I’m in New York, working in 30 Rockefeller, and it still feels like a dream.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
The fact that Bobcats love being Bobcats. School pride is immense at OHIO, and I wear OHIO clothes outside of campus all the time with the hopes of meeting another Bobcat (or alumni). It never fails, no matter where I am in the country – other Bobcats will go out of their way to talk to you if they know you’re a Bobcat. It’s so easy to make connections that way. It honestly feels like a family sometimes, which is crazy since this school has more than 20,000 students.
What advice would you give to your fellow Bobcats?
Get involved in the clubs and organizations you want to be a part of early because you can! And if you want to do something cool related to your major or a club, but aren’t sure how, just ask.
What will you be doing after graduation, and how did you get that job?
After graduation, I hope to be working for a broadcast news station like NBC or CNN, or some other type of media company. I’m not sure whether I want to be behind the scenes as a producer or in front of the camera yet, but if I can work my way up to being an on-air talent, I will. I plan to get that job by continuing to build my broadcast skills at WOUB my senior year by working Newswatch, making as many connections as possible at the TODAY Show and building a strong following on my photography social media accounts.
Interview conducted by Hannah Schuller, Content Marketing Intern for the CLDC