Major in Creative Writing
What’s your major? Why did you choose that?
Creative writing. I've always been a writer. It's just the thing that I gravitate towards. I didn't come to college planning to major in creative writing. I think I was scared to commit to language arts. But my sophomore year, I kept having writing professors tell me that I had a promising future, that my writing was really good. I went ahead and declared creative writing.
Tell me a little bit about the work you do for WVKC.
I started at WVKC as their promotional manager. I ran social media, managed the website, and sent out emails. After doing that for a while, I was promoted to co-general manager. I am co- jamming with my close friend, so that's really fun. As general managers, we run meetings and facilitate task groups. There is also the studio manager, the promotional manager, and the financial director. We coordinate everyone's tasks to pull off our events and bring music to campus.
When did you start working with WVKC? Why?
I started my sophomore year, and I wanted to just because it seemed like a really cool thing to do. I didn't think it was going to be an experience that I would get outside of school. I wasn't really planning on going into radio or anything. I just took the opportunity to explore it here.
What brought you to Knox?
Knox was actually a school that I wasn't even considering. It wasn't on my radar. They sent me an email saying that they waived my application fee. I had the CommonApp ready, so I thought I’d just send it, and then it turns out that Knox gives really generous financial aid. My family is from Galesburg originally, but I hadn't been here since I was a little kid. I toured and I really liked the small class size and the small campus. I was really, really engaged by how every person that I talked to seemed to have their own passion projects that they were doing and that they felt really supported. Knox just stood out to me as a campus and a school that had a culture of really pursuing what you want to pursue, with support. There are opportunities here and you can gain the individual attention that you need to flourish. I knew I didn't want to go to a giant state school. I knew I didn't want to be in a lecture hall with 300 other students. I wanted to be able to really facilitate relationships with faculty, professors, and other students and get that really valuable experience.
Is there anything from your time at Knox that stands out as particularly influential for you?
A lot of my work with WVKC happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first time after COVID that we managed to bring live music to campus was one of those experiences that was so gratifying. We worked really, really hard to pull that off. There were many bumps in the road and moments when you wanted to rip your hair out, but it all came together in the end. We got to see our campus and our peers having a great time with live music and we got to hang out with the musicians.