I’m Ellen Hoffman, a junior Communications major from Kingston, PA. I’m now working as Editor-in-Chief of The Highlander after serving as print editor as a sophomore. Over the summer I also interned in the newsroom for The Citizens’ Voice and have an internship with CollegeFashionista. Both taught me so much with writing, reporting and photography that I am so grateful for.
A major reason I chose Misericordia was because of the small class sizes. I love that my professors know my name and I can always approach them. As far as choosing my major that was easy. I knew since I was a sophomore in high school that I wanted to be a reporter or work with something in newspapers or magazines. Since I became interested in journalism I’ve tried to become as involved as possible. I attended the first Highlander meeting on the first day of my freshman year and haven’t missed a meeting since. I love everything about putting the paper together and can’t wait to work with other staff this year in making The Highlander the best it can be!
After I graduate I hope to work at a major magazine. My dream job would be at a magazine such as Glamour or Seventeen. Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine is my idol; I would kill for her position! I dream of the day I can work or intern for her – or even meet her! Hopefully one day I’ll be able to interview my icon, Lauren Conrad. She proved to the media world that she is more than just a reality star. She has tons of fans and followers that I can only hope to meet her sometime in the future. By working at one of these magazines I think I’ll have a good opportunity. (Fingers crossed!)
Hello all! My name is Morgan Harding and I am a junior communications major from Exeter, Pennsylvania and the Print Editor of The Highlander. I am also a blogger (Cashmere & Cowboy Boots), brand ambassador (Milly NY) and fashion journalism (iFashion Network).
I consider myself a woman of limited interests and being that my only interests are writing, politics, shopping and fashion I figured that becoming a communications major was my only option. I was right and now that I am going into my third year at Misericordia I can say that choosing this department was one of the best choices I have yet to make. I joined The Highlander within the first month of my first year and served as the Web Master during my second year. Having the opportunity to work as the Print Editor this year is so exciting. I cannot wait to infuse a bit of my flare into the pages of our award winning paper – maybe even win a few more.
By May 2014 I hope to have won a press award and have my comm. degree in hand so I can move on with my life. Though I dream of traveling the world one day, I plan to settle in New York City where I can pursue a career in fashion journalism. I am and have always been fascinated by the Olsen twins. Mary-Kate and Ashley have built a fashion/media empire and are two of the most watched women in American fashion. Interviewing them would be a childhood dream come true and an excellent step in the right direction for me.
I have always aimed high, so working for the fashion follower’s bible is a must. This being said I plan on becoming Editor-In-Chief of Vogue one day. I don’t plan to be the next Anna Wintour or Carine Roitfeld. I plan to be the first Morgan Harding.
There are so many powerful women who have worked their way up in the industry and in their own way, changed the world. I can only hope to do the same.
I’m Shawn Kellmer and I happen to be a 35 year-old senior Communications major in my senior year at Misericordia and I’m trying to get the most out of my college career. I started commuting to Misericordia on a daily basis after graduating from Luzerne County Community College with an Associates degree in Journalism. I returned to the Highlander as Web Editor after a successful internship with WYLN, a television station in Hazleton. The majority of my printed work can be found right here on the Highlander’s website.
When not doing school work or being a parent to my plethora of children, I can often be found reading comic books, listening to metal, or watching hockey and/or football. After college I have plans on getting a job either writing or in public relations with the hopes of specializing in hockey. I also have hopes on finding a graduate school near my future employment so I can achieve my dreams of earning a Masters.
I have admired many men and women in my life but I always seem to be inspired by Ed Bradley, Dave Barry, and Neil Fallon in writing and in life.
My name is Mary Bove and I am a sophomore communications major from Berwick, PA. I am the Multimedia Editor this year, which means I will be editing all of, and taking most of, the photos for The Highlander. I have been interested in photography ever since I was little, and I got into it on a bigger level about five years ago. I also enjoy music, singing, shopping, blogging, and tennis.
I came to Misericordia because of the Communications Camp I attended the summer before my senior year of high school. I loved what I learned at the camp and it made me want to come back and learn even more. When I found out this year that we could apply for positions for the Highlander, I was very excited; I was previously the photo editor for my high school newspaper, and I really wanted to continue it through college. While I am at Misericordia it is my goal to build up my portfolio and be the best I can be.
When I graduate, I am hoping to move to New York City or LA and get a photography job at a fashion magazine or a newspaper. Two of my biggest inspirations in life are Lady Gaga and photographer, David LaChapelle. They are both everything I can possibly aspire to be in life: successful and fashionable. Gaga has a wicked sense of style that I admire, and she has such a motivational attitude. LaChapelle is one of my absolute favorite photographers; his photography style is unlike many others, and he is unique and quirky. If I could ever shoot with them, it would rock my world.
I’m Arthur Dowell and I’m a junior Communications major from Berwick, PA. I hold the positions of sports editor and web master for the Highlander.
I chose to attend Misericordia University because of experience I got at Communications Camp prior to my senior year of high school. I have been involved with the newspaper and television station in high school and knew journalism is what I wanted to do with my life. In college, I live to make the most of it and give it my best. I am actively involved with the newspaper and radio station, but also reach out and actively involve myself with Campus Ministry, Student Activities, and the CAPS Center.
My goal is to one-day work with a major sporting news company or professional sports team. I would love to cover sports on a daily basis and report all the great stories sports have to offer everyday.
My name is Alexandria Smith or “Alex” and I am a sophomore communications major here at MU. I became a communications major because of my love for language and previous experience with public speaking and poetry recitation in addition to 4 years of strong acting experience. As far as my role with the Highlander, I am the copy editor for the 2012-2013 school year but my interests definitely go beyond my studies. In my spare time, I enjoy blogging, watching movies, listening to music, reading, crafting, and painting to name a few things. I also sing in MU’s Chamber Choir and act with the MU Players, which are a few reasons why I am very glad that I chose to apply to MU. When people ask me why I came here after learning that I’m originally from a small town in Delaware, there are usually three things I think of: the small class size, personalized professor-student learning, and amazing communications program. I’m definitely learning a lot and I hope to learn even more working on the editing staff.