After graduating from Hinkley High School in 2008, I had a big decision to make: choose a college major that would take me somewhere in life.
I was always a good student, but I needed to pick a subject that would keep my interest. I quickly crossed math off the list. In my freshman year at Metropolitan State University of Denver, I selected journalism as my major. English had always been my best class growing up. All throughout childhood, I also played sports, sometimes right alongside my dad who spent time coaching my soccer team.
I set my sights on translating my passion for sports and writing into a career. That’s when I applied for the sports reporting job at The Metropolitan, the university’s student-led newspaper.
I could not have chosen a better season to transition from reporter to assistant sports editor. The 2012-2013 season at MSU Denver was huge. The men’s basketball team made it to the national championship, the track team set numerous records and many other teams accomplished great things. Metro State is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. We sponsor 15 sports, providing nearly 200 student-athletes a chance to compete and study in an urban setting, according to the athletics department. Over the last year, I covered soccer, basketball, tennis and baseball, and juggled duties as a full-time student. Along the way, I learned a lot of lessons.
Our teams were on a winning streak for much of the year, adding excitement to our stories and to my job as a reporter and editor.
I grew as a writer, profiling Jonathan Morse, a sharpshooting center on the men’s basketball team and an RMAC Player of the Year, Emily Wood, an accomplished student and a guard for the women’s basketball team, and Eiger Erickson, a history buff and an impressive distance runner for the men’s track team.
The entire sports section did the best we could on every issue. In the end, it produced great newspapers. In addition to stepping it up with features, we crafted award-winning columns. Our team snagged first-place for sports column writing in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Mark of Excellence contest.
Aspiring journalists should definitely apply to be part of The Metropolitan. If you want to write for a major publication one day, it will give you essential experience before you graduate. You will get to go out there and live the life of a reporter. There are a ton of sports to cover and great people to meet at MSU Denver.