Before I joined the Commercial Photography class of 2017, I lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming studying Mass Media at Laramie County Community College. During my time there, I was a part of the student run newspaper the Wingspan where a variety of topics were covered. Countless hours were spent writing, researching, and last minute rushes to complete articles. Though, going into the program I knew I didn’t want to be a journalist, I did learn what it takes to run a monthly publication and it gave me the experience of giving effective interviews, which I don’t think many people can claim. Besides staying at school until the early hours of the morning on work nights, there were a few articles that I feel good about sharing.
This weekend is the Fall National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas. Presented by Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association, I have been selected as a finalist for the Story of the Year in the Diversity category. It is crazy to think that some people thought my story was good enough to compete against four year institutions like the University of California, Los Angeles and De Paul.
Representing Laramie County Community College from Cheyenne, Wyoming is a great accomplishment. Though I am not attending there anymore, I have great respect for the instructors there who taught me the importance of newspapers in history and today’s society.
My experience in Sierra Leone gave me a new perspective on life and inspires me to travel even more. The fact that it is the reason I am up for this prestigious award is an incredible bonus.