I’ve always loved reading and writing, although growing up I never thought I would be trying to make a career out of it. But they say university changes you for the better, and developing a passion for storytelling — and discovering the various career paths that accommodate this — is by far the biggest lesson I learnt.
During my time at university, I spent more than three years as a reporter and editor for The Campus newspaper. I established a bi-weekly international page and spent a year and a half as the editor of the Science/International section. I then switched over to features during my senior year. In this position I enjoyed playing with photography and design/layout thanks to the extra space and colour pages.
While at Allegheny, I also spent two years working as a ‘Gator Blogger’ for the Office of Admissions’ website. Here, I enjoyed exercising the freedom blogging allows, and the relief from the strict world of AP Style and news writing. Working as a blogger definitely inspired me to start Wilby’s World and I’m glad I did. If nothing else, I love having these documented mementos of my life.
Post graduation I found myself at the unique Chautauqua Institution working as the development beat reporter. As my work-study job at Allegheny had been as an office assistant in the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, I felt perfectly comfortable working with the Chautauqua Foundation and the world around it. This summer is when I feel I really came into my own. The environment at The Chautauquan Daily is conducive to nothing but excellence, and I saw visible, drastic improvements to my writing during this period. Most importantly, I fell back in love with writing (whole article about this here) which led to me applying, and accepting my current job.
The Chautauquan Daily, Chautauqua Institution | June – August 2017
Susan Goldberg, Richard Tofel, Lauren Rich Fine and Terrance Egger to discuss how ownership in journalism is changing
The Campus, Allegheny College | September 2014 – May 2017
Office of Admissions, Allegheny College | August 2014 – May 2016