Ohio State graduate interning this summer at Dispatch

I just graduated from Ohio State and am now a subway intern at The Dispatch. I am very happy to learn more about the Columbus community.

Since I learned to write, I haven’t stopped. Every time I told someone about my love for writing, they asked me if I wrote fictional stories, but I never did. I poured my heart into analyzing what was happening in my community or the world that week and loved when teachers assigned analytical or persuasive material.

I’ve always been a listener more than a talker. It may have something to do with my shyness when I was younger. It was easier to hear people’s stories and express my interest in learning more, and it was always something I enjoyed.

With my love for writing combined with listening and sharing people’s stories, journalism has become an obvious choice for a career.

What I like most about my job

I can grow as a journalist surrounded by great people, while learning more about the community.

A story I worked on that had a lasting impact on me happened in October 2021 while I was at The Lantern, Ohio State’s student newspaper. I learned that OSU Wexner Medical Center performed their first full canal sex affirming vaginoplasty earlier that year.

Millicent Duke, the woman who had surgery, and I spoke for nearly two hours — the longest conversation I’ve ever had with a source to this point. But it didn’t last two hours. Duke’s story was compelling and I was thrilled to share it with our readers.

What I like to do when I’m not working

I love spending time with my family and friends, especially over dessert or something sweet (which I’d rather not have).

Almost every year, my family and I go to the Lebanese Festival at our home in Dayton. There is lots of delicious food, dancing and other activities.

I don’t want to look like the stereotypical crazy cat lady, but I also like to cuddle and play with my cat when I’m home.

In my hometown, I practice Hapkido, a Korean martial art. It has helped me gain more self-confidence than any other activity.

Why Journalism Matters

Without journalism, a large part of the public would remain in the dark about important information. It gives a voice to communities and people who have none and builds a bridge between public servants and the public. Journalism empowers people to make informed decisions and helps shape their opinions.

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