I have always had a passion for writing, ever since I was a kid I loved to write stories and personal essays.
I started writing for my high school newspaper during my junior year. That was the first year that the newspaper transitioned from physical paper copies to a website, and while I kind of wish I had had the opportunity to work on a physical paper, it’s great that I can look back on the articles that I wrote years later. It also provided an opportunity for me to use WordPress almost everyday, a skill that I had no idea would come in handy in the future. That’s one of the many great things about yearbook and newspaper classes; they provide hands-on experience with programs like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and WordPress, and high school kids can get a jump start on gaining skills that their future jobs may require.
I absolutely loved writing for The Trailblazer, and some of my best high school memories come from being a part of that organization. My senior year of high school I had the privilege of being the Editor-In-Chief of the paper, and that leadership experience was so motivating and rewarding.
This is one of my favorite and most viewed stories that I wrote for The Trailblazer. Abercrombie & Fitch had just announced that they were struggling financially, and the CEO decided that becoming more inclusive would be a great way to increase their earnings. I argued that diversity should not be an afterthought when your stock is declining, and that if they had just focused on that in the first place, they probably wouldn’t be hurting as badly.
You can read the full story here
These writing samples are older, but I wanted to include them because this is where I really got started with writing. The Trailblazer covers relevant things like all of the sports games, new school rules, and news that affected the high school and its students. After that, the writers are free to write opinion pieces, reviews, features, and personality profiles, and we had a lot of freedom with what we could talk about and how we talked about it. I definitely enjoyed deciding what topics I wanted to cover. I enjoyed the stuff I wrote about and it didn’t matter how many of my fellow students actually read my articles.
After graduating high school, I went to Texas A&M University and got my Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication & Media Studies. During my sophomore year I wrote a couple of articles for A&M’s student newspaper, The Battalion. I wrote some trial articles for them for a couple of weeks, and ultimately decided that journalism is not my calling.
Working as a news writer is so engaging and interesting, as you are constantly learning new things and are far more “in the loop” than anyone else. At the same time, it is your responsibility to collect as much information as you can from as many sources as possible, pick out the most important facts, and then double and triple check those facts, all within a very short timeframe. The actual writing and editing of the articles is pretty short when compared to all of the intensive research and interviews that go into each story.
This experience helped me realize that blog-style and opinion based writing is what I really prefer to do. However, I put a lot of work into the stories that I wrote for The Battalion and I’m really proud of the work that I did there.
This is my favorite article that I wrote for them, it’s about technology.