As you may know, It's Women's History Month and yesterday was International Women's Day.
In celebration of a wonderful day and month, we wanted to feature one of our favorite listeners and #girlbosses on our blog.
Come meet this kind, awesome, talented girl!
Can you tell me a little bit about where you grew up and what brought you to Mizzou?
I grew up in Raytown, Missouri; it's a suburb that's 10-15 minutes outside of Kansas City. So I got a little bit of both the city life and the cutesy neighborhood life. What brought me to Mizzou was the j-school. I have always had an interest and have been good at talking with people and wanting to learn more about people and their backgrounds. When I was originally applying to colleges, I thought I was going to go into Marine Biology because it's more money and I'm good at science, but I knew I wouldn't be happy because I hate science. So I followed my heart and went with journalism, which has always been on my mind since I was in middle school.
When did you first know you wanted to pursue a career in journalism?
I knew I wanted to pursue journalism since I was in the 6th grade, but I was nervous about going through with it. Growing up, I felt that my parents put a lot of pressure on me to find a job that would pay me 6 figures after college and I didn't want to disappoint them, so I got more into science stuff, even though I hated it. I had a full ride to Duke for Marine Biology, but I knew I would hate it. I'm good at science, but it doesn't make me happy. Journalism makes me happy. Talking to all types of people from all walks of life makes me happy. Giving someone a platform for their voices to be heard makes me happy. Now that I'm in college, my parents realized that I was going to follow my heart all along. They knew I was headstrong and that I wouldn't give into what they wanted for my life.
What are your career aspirations, post-college?
Post-college, I'm hoping that I will have a job *fingers crossed*. I do want to go to grad school and get my MBA and more towards the marketing side of it. My dream grad school is NYU and I would do their MBA program and my emphasis would be on the EMT (Entertainment, Media, and Technology) track for that, buuuuuut their grad program is uber expensive, so we shall see. If I have a job right away, I would want to be doing something with sports hopefully, since that's my emphasis for journalism. My dream is to be a sports analyst/reporter for the NBA or NCAA Men's Basketball or the NFL or NCAA Football or Women's Volleyball or Soccer. I want to be the Oprah Winfrey of sports, so I want to have my own sports show too and the ultimate dream is to be an Executive Producer for ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries. It WILL happen because I refuse to let me go to Plan B. :)
What do you think makes you stand out as a Mizzou student and an individual?
I think what makes me stand out as a Mizzou student and an individual is that I am able to go up to anyone and have a conversation with them. I don't get nervous talking to people at all; like why should I? I just like to meet new people and have many different conversations. I like listening to other people's perspectives about things and sharing ideas and events that have happened in our lives. I'm really relatable and I think that's why people gravitate towards me. I also feel like I'm a more driven and passionate person than people I have met at Mizzou. Some people I know want to do sports because they want to meet athletes or they want to look pretty on camera and that's not what I want to do it. I want to give athletes another platform for them to be heard. People already have preconceived notions about them and that's not fair. We don't know the person beyond the jersey and I want to showcase that through 30 for 30 or my talk show or even through me taking pictures of them. I want to leave a mark on what I'm doing and I feel that most people don't care about things like that. I want to be an inspiration for all girls, but more specifically girls of color who want to do what I'm doing. I didn't have that many role models that looked like me growing up, so I want to make it big for the future girls behind me.
What's your favorite part about going to Mizzou, and your least favorite?
My favorite part about going to Mizzou is meeting people from across the world and creating friendships that I feel will last a lifetime. I've met some of the best people here and I couldn't imagine them not being in my life now. My least favorite part about going to Mizzou is the fact that I feel like everything is so black and white. There's no middle ground between people. And sometimes I feel like some people are very judgmental and don't want to get to know people if they're outside of their "clique" and that irks my soul.
Can you maybe talk about your final project you did for J4556 for the audience and why that was important to you? I can then attach a link so more people can see it if you like.
https://makaylalooney.atavist.com/inside-the-black-mind (here is the link)
So I did my final project for photoj over black people at Mizzou. It was basically showcasing the stereotypes and how black people in what is called "Black Mizzou." "Black Mizzou" is the population of black students at Mizzou, which isn't a lot. I wanted to interview black students that I knew and get their take on how they feel about issues within Black Mizzou and issues that they want their white peers to understand about the black community. This project was very important to me because I sometimes feel like I'm not a part of Black Mizzou, even though many of my friends are in it. It's very cliquey and I don't like cliquey. I wanted this project to showcase what other black students at Mizzou feel, similar to how I do.