This week I started my semester at the Missourian! Nerd alert: I’m super excited about it. I’ll mostly be reporting about higher education in Columbia, Mo., which is huge part of the town. We have three higher education institutions: Columbia College, Stephens College and, of course, the University of Missouri. It’s going to be wonderful and terrible and exhausting and rewarding, and I can’t wait to get into it. My editor, Liz Brixey (hi, Liz!), has already reassured me that this semester will be as tough as I assumed, but that’s okay. A little stress is good for the soul, right?
Yesterday, a few other education reporters and I put together a story about the first day of school at MU. I headed over to the office for the budget meeting at 11 a.m. after my morning class (which is about the media and the EU and is great, btw), and I did my best to jump right in and “say yes to everything” like everyone I know has told me to do (hi, Celia!). So I started out my junior year in the newsroom, and it was awesome. I haven’t been a reporter since my freshman year, and it was so nice to get back into it. So. Nice.
I got to interview a rural sociology professor about a study she did on types of college students. Not only was it super interesting, but she was really sweet. It was a great interview, especially considering about five minutes before I completely forgot how to come up with relevant questions. But I got back into the swing of it, and I’m just really excited. My piece of the story ended up being the closing of this story.
Really really excited, if you couldn’t tell.