The Lost Journalist

A week before Ball State was out for the holidays, my spring semester plans did a couple back-flips and a 180. I had all my classes in check and an internship was pretty much ready to go; I was set. Then, the opportunity of a lifetime slammed me in the face. I might get to go to Russia and report on the Olympics and the events surrounding it. Most of all, I could go to freaking Russia. After some help from a friend and a very...

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The breaking point
Jan30

The breaking point

To our dearest Ball State professors, You are making my life this week before leaving for Russia a living nightmare! I understand you have a job to do but come on; I have all semester to catch up after I get back from the biggest, most important, most AMAZING trip of my life and career. I am on the verge of total breakdown mode, and I do not, I repeat, DO NOT need the additional anxiety of immersive video assignments, papers and...

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No, I’m not going—but it’s OK
Jan29

No, I’m not going—but it’s OK

Don’t feel sorry for me. When I told people I wasn’t going to Sochi to cover the 2014 Olympic Games, they responded with sympathy. “Ohhh, I’m sorry,” they’d say. Sorry for what, exactly? Sure, it’s a great experience for those getting on the plane and traveling 24 hours to what boils down to a whole new world (Aladdin reference notwithstanding). They’ll get to talk to locals, interview Olympic athletes and drink Russian vodka. They’ll...

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Two weeks and 1,000 panic attacks to go
Jan28

Two weeks and 1,000 panic attacks to go

Tick tock, tick tock. Two weeks. We are leaving the country for the biggest adventure of our young lives… in just two weeks. WHAT??? Don’t get me wrong—it’s not like I’m not thrilled to be doing this. But I’m still just a student in college who wants nothing more than to go crying to my mommy every time I start freaking out and forget how to breathe. Sue me; I’m dramatic. Sadly, my mom won’t be in Sochi. Going to a foreign country is...

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How do you get an Olympic hopeful’s number? Ask for it
Jan26

How do you get an Olympic hopeful’s number? Ask for it

In high school, you strived to get the cutest boy’s number or the cell of the “OMG most popular girl evaaaa!” (To be clear, I don’t really talk like this). In college, apparently, you strive to get Olympic athletes’ numbers. I did not see that one coming. When I enrolled in the BSU at the Games immersive-learning class, I expected to be talking with athletes from the furthest distance—a few Twitter questions here, maybe a short...

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Hiding your inner fangirl
Jan23

Hiding your inner fangirl

From Park City to Milwaukee to Sochi, I’ve interviewed at least 15 Olympic athletes and hopefuls with the utmost confidence—or so they thought. When I found out I had this opportunity back in August, I thought I was going to totally freak out and go all out on the crazy when I finally got the chance to start interviewing real Olympians, excited squealing and all. Because, yes. I am a fangirl. (Allyson Burger at the Media Summit). It’s...

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