Q: Wait, so you're not going to med-school and/or law school?
Q: But then, why journalism?
A: I love writing. That's the short answer. The longer 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?
I am passionate about environmental reporting, and my goal is to cover the inequalities presented by environmental problems–and how race, socio-economics and politics intersect with these issues. 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?
Q: What are you doing with that Middle East and North African Studies (MENA) minor?
A: I started out thinking I wanted to pursue international political reporting, and although I'm more interested in reporting locally now, my background in ethnic and area studies 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.
Q: So where are you from?
A: I wrote this very long essay to answer that.