Q: Wait, so you're not pre-med?
Q: But then, why journalism?
A: I love writing. That's the short answer. The long answer is that I grew up watching, reading and consuming news that never quite managed to represent my own identity and community correctly. I wanted to do something about that.
Q: What do you want to report on?
During my sophomore year, I took a health and science reporting class. I wouldn't say it changed my life, but it came really close. After that, I knew I wanted to pursue environmental reporting. What could be more fun than interviewing NASA climate scientists, slightly-conspiracy-theorist anti-transmission line activists, or getting to talk to incredible environmental justice researchers? I am passionate about covering the inequalities presented by environmental problems, and how race, socio-economics and politics intersect with environmental issues.
Q: That explains the Environmental Policy and Culture minor. What's up with the Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) minor?
A: I started out thinking I wanted to pursue international political reporting, and I took a few classes in the MENA department at Northwestern. I love these classes, even though I'm more interested in reporting locally now. MENA has given me the vocabulary and knowledge I need to think critically about the world around me, especially when it comes to media representations and structures of power.