After I turn in a couple papers over the weekend, I will officially be done my first semester as a graduate student! I can’t say it wasn’t hard, and downright frustrating at times, but this is grad school, and it’s what I’ve come to expect.
Despite some tough times this semester, I am happy to be studying journalism and telling the public about environmental issues. This semester, I wrote several stories, some published and some not. The topics included a profile of a restoration ecologist in Missoula, a trend story about snowmobilers and skiiers getting caught in avalanches, an investigative piece about the safety of using compost on your garden, and a reportage story about a local wildlife refuge and their attempts to create a dry plant collection. As you can see, these stories are diverse!
Despite not getting as many stories published as I wanted to, I had to continually remind myself that I am still learning to be a journalist, and next semester, when I take feature writing, I have the chance to get more published!
So, what is next for me? If you don’t know, I’m headed to the AGU Fall Meeting for two presentations next week, which I will blog about (if you are interested, check out last year’s posts). After that, I am heading to Death Valley California where I will hike and enjoy hot springs pools before coming back to Missoula.
Enjoy your break from school, and if you don’t have one, read my blog next week about AGU!