I am a student at Ashland University (Ashland, OH) pursuing B.A. degrees in journalism and sport communication. More than anything else, I want to make a lasting impact upon the world. As a leader, I believe that unreachable goals and crazy expectations are the best ways to get things done.
At Ashland, I am a captain of the AU swimming and diving team and the design editor of our campus newspaper, The Collegian. Where I ended up in Ohio is a long way from my home in Wisconsin. I hold my home state near to my heart and I never forget my small-town upbringing. I'm an advocate of saying "Please" and "Thank you," and I approach every situation with an optimistic and pleasant demeanor.
I pore myself into underdog fields of newspaper design and swimming. The former is literally dying, and the latter is only cared for by masses once every four years. Part of the reason that I'm drawn so passionately to these trades is because of the tendencies they have to be overlooked by the public. My ultimate goals are to revive and revitalize the print newspaper and to develop a way to make swimming more mainstream.
At the moment, I'm working on an undergraduate Honors Capstone Thesis project tentatively titled, "The ethical implications of anonymous sourcing in sports journalism." This project aims to diagnose the excessive use of anonymous sources in sports reports and develop ways to eliminate the dependence upon them for sports coverage. In particular, I plan on delving into how the Internet-induced need for instantaneous information has allowed anonymous sourcing to flourish, how anonymous sources have uncontrollably sped up the news cycle, and how anonymous sources remove any sort of power that a media outlet has over the information they are disseminating.
opening up to new ideas; creativity shouldn't be stifled by a closed-minded. I whole-heartedly believe that unconventional (and even outrageous or ridiculous) ideas are the best ideas.
Opportunity isn't a time or a place. Moments of opportunity appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. They don't just sit on a table idly staring you in the eye.
My moment of opportunity came when I was only a freshman in high school. I was always a good student, but I faced the "fight of my life" (sort of) in my 9th grade English class. I struggled to meet my own perfectionist-fueled expectations, no matter how hard I tried. I disliked English as a subject more and more as the year passed. Then, about 2 weeks from summer, my teacher Mrs. Parker invited to join the school newspaper in the fall. I wasn't sure why she recommended me, or if I was even qualified. I was afraid to fail.
Accepting that invitation was the best decision I've made. I still struggle with English courses, but I've found that I enjoy the challenge of writing more than the ease of math. I didn't know it at the time, but that opportunity changed the course of my life completely—in a good way, of course.
minimalist design. My curiosity has been driven watching documentaries like "Helvetica" and "Objectified." As a result, I think that the best means of education is through careful observation.
plotting to take over the world. Just kidding, I simply dream of hijacking the world's collective knowledge. I think that's a little different than a hostile takeover. And I'll share, I promise.
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