An open letter to pre-Rwanda Meagan…

Dear [insert starry-eyed traveler here],

A year ago today, I was feverishly packing my bags to go to Rwanda. Tomorrow, the same program and advisor that I traveled with is escorting a new group of students on the trip of a lifetime.

Instead of hashing plans to sneak on their plane (which I can hardly refrain from doing), I’ve been reminiscing about my experience and more specifically, what I would do differently.

While I don’t believe you can ever fully prepare for an experience abroad, there are some things that I would advise my fellow travelers to remember and consider.

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The future of humanitarian reporting

If you read my last post, you’d know that I’m not settled on a dream job.

And when people ask me what I want to do with a journalism major, I usually just know what I don’t want to do with it.

Sports broadcaster? No thanks. Board meeting reporter? Mm, rather not. Marketing executive? Eh, better not.

DSC_0991In fact, I didn’t even know there was a title for the kind of work I am interested in until UW Alumna Erin Luhmann spoke about her Win-a-Trip contest with humanitarian reporter Nicholas Kristof.
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