Being the middle child of seven narrowed my options when choosing a university. With a sister in her third year of college and my mother in grad school, I knew I needed a place that would adequately challenge me without putting a financial strain on my family. WKU gave me that option. With a flourishing, liberal arts style Honors College, a myriad of scholarship opportunities, and an exceptional Broadcast Journalism program, I knew I'd found my school.
At WKU, I was encouraged to engage with the community around me on both a local and global scale. I worked with Burmese refugees. I lived in an apartment in Rome, and traveled all over Italy reporting for WKU’s student news broadcast, News Channel 12. I forged relationships with professors that last today.
Because of those relationships, after graduating in 2013 from the Honors College, one of my professors helped me find an internship with the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). When my internship ended, the Association offered me a full time position. Now, I work in Programs and Marketing, creating content, videos, and other media to fulfill the NSDA's mission of giving youth a voice all over the world. I have been able to utilize the skills I learned in my courses at WKU on a daily basis in my current position. Working for the NSDA, I've helped run the largest academic competition in the world, worked to break a Guinness World Record, facilitated a nation-wide spoken word poetry contest, and have overseen a publication for high school students involved in speech and debate activities.
Without the relationships, skills, and experiences WKU provided me, I would not be able to pursue a career advocating for an activity I love so much. I never just felt like another number at WKU. The personal touch of the university has equipped me with the skills I need to do my job well.