My interest in journalism came back in 2005 during my sophomore year of high school when I took my first journalism class. I decided to attend the University of Oregon because of its strong journalism program and rich cultural identity. I freelanced for the Oregon Daily Emerald student-run newspaper but realized my passion was not in editorial news. I then discovered my identity with public relations during the end of my freshman year of college.
I was able to work with Kelli Mathews and a handful of other students during the 2008 Track & Field Olympic Trials in an effort to track media blogs and gather thoughts on the University of Oregon and the city of Eugene. I then began taking my PR courses rather quickly to learn as much as I could. In the summer of 2009, I intered with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a public information officer (PIO). I helped update its interactive Web site and also interviewed many sources for stories.
At 20 years old, I hope my future in this industry will be both long-lasting and rewarding. Whether I start my career shortly, attend graduate school or possibly look toward different professional avenues, the knowledge I’m gaining presently will only aid me.