I was born to be a journalist — at least that is what my mom told me when I constantly questioned every aspect of our daily lives growing up. As I have grown, I have learned that she might have been right. After all, I love delving into a subject, exploring every crevice of an issue and, most importantly, telling stories. I was pushed in the direction of journalism when I was young. My uncle, Alan Montgomery, who was an award-winning journalist, told me stories about his experiences as a foreign correspondent and writing under intense deadlines. He was the person who first captivated my interest in journalism.
I practiced my journalistic skills on my junior high newspaper, ascended to editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper and then moved from copy editor to sports editor to editor-in-chief of Fort Hays State University’s weekly campus newspaper. I also worked for the Hays (Kan.) Daily News (circ. 11,000) while I was in college as a sports reporter. Though I focused my attention on news and opinions while I was in high school, it was in college where I became a sports writer.
I had always loved sports. My father would take me to every Kansas Wesleyan University basketball game in Salina, Kan., and I was active in athletics at my high school. It was a natural fit for me. It has never seemed like work, because I love sports, which is a reason why I am so eager to challenge myself. In athletics, competitiveness is integral to development. I have expanded that competitive nature to my own growth in life and my profession. I have lived and breathed journalism my entire life, and I want to continue my personal development in the field.
According to my results from the Keirsey temperament test, I am a Guardian, meaning I am dependable, trustworthy and enjoy being a valued member of a team. My results did not surprise me, because the trait I value most in myself is my work ethic. I take pride in the fact that I never quit and exert every bit of my available energy to whatever task is at hand. My biggest weakness is tied closely to my work ethic. I have a tendency to overstretch myself; it is hard for me to say “no” to new responsibilities. I enjoy being the person people depend on, so I rarely say no when I am approached about new opportunities.