Working in a communication field has its perks. As a member of the press, I’ve been granted numerous opportunities—from attending enticing events to creating a portfolio of published work to giving me the tools to write effectively in AP Style, the Sentry has been kind to me. One of the best parts, however, is meeting amazing people.
When I brag about working for the Sentry, I start with the kind of people we get to meet. Two years ago a staff writer was able to interview Project Runway’s Tim Gunn before Mondo Guerra’s Union Station fashion show. Last year I was able to meet Chelsea Clinton at a local cafecito in the Santa Fe Arts District and ask her a question. Last semester, the Sentry was able to cover America Ferrara’s campus visit. The list of famous people reaches as far back as our archives, dating back to 1964.
Our brushes with fame have prompted Facebook statuses, star-struck tweets, and framed articles. Sometimes, though, the most influential interactions are with CU Denver peers and community members whose stories are mostly unknown to the public.
My first article for the Sentry (named the Advocate, at the time) was a CU-Personality piece profiling then-CU Denver communication professor Gordana Lazic. It was a simple 500-word article, aimed at highlighting this community member and her impact on campus. My piece didn’t diverge far from this formula—it was quote-driven, centered on Lazic’s education history and career, and filled with her insights on student interaction on such a diverse campus. My writing was neither groundbreaking nor perfect—in fact, former News Editor-turned-Editor-in-Chief Madi Bates made 31 edits to the piece and let me know that it was a good starting piece, if nothing else.
However, I’ll always remember my Lazic CU-P fondly. Besides it being my first piece of writing for the newspaper, it also led me to an outstanding interview. Lazic was kind, passionate, interesting, and dynamic; meeting her inspired me to seek out professors who put their students first and had their best interests at heart. Though my article didn’t do her justice, Lazic is someone I’ll never forget meeting. I owe the experience to this newspaper.
This week, our issue is filled with CU Denver community members who have impacted Auraria Campus for the better. On page 6, read about a student CU Personality who has left her mark on customer service in the i-lov-iT market. In the Noise section, check out the Sentry’s take on CU Denver student Chloe Tang’s latest CD release. Coping with stress on Auraria Campus, on page 5.
Take the best part of working for the Sentry—making connections—and make it yours. Read new stories, hear different voices. In the words of Ralph Nader, “When strangers start acting like neighbors…communities are reinvigorated.”