The Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Arts , Journalism
When I was a freshman at Penn State, the only major way to get involved in campus journalism was through its student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. Of course I tried out—but I didn't make the cut. When I got the news, I cried on a park bench, convinced my writing career was over before it'd even started. A few days later, I got an e-mail saying that a handful of seniors were putting together a college magazine. I attended the informational meeting and knew immediately that I was going to throw myself into it. When it came time for those seniors to graduate, it was an easy decision for them to hand the magazine over to me, and so as a sophomore, I became the editor-in-chief of Valley (short for PSU's nickname, Happy Valley). Previously, we'd been featuring sullen student "models" on the cover, which was just awkward. I decided to feature student leaders on the cover instead, and founded two other magazine-related organizations as Valley grew. By the time I graduated, I was featured in PSU's yearbook as one of the top student leaders on campus.