RACHEL HANSEN’S COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Earlier this week, I had the chance to interview my classmate Rachel Hansen about her past and present experiences as a student, as well as her future in the field. The interview process lasted for about 10 minutes, as we touched on a wide range of topics and went in-depth as to how Rachel enrolled at WSU and why she chose to major in sport management. Editing the video took about an hour — this was to ensure the transitions were smooth and the B-roll footage complemented Rachel’s statements.

Since I am a broadcast journalism student, this assignment was right up my alley. I enjoyed that I was able to interview someone outside of the realm of news, though. It was more of a casual conversation than a news interview. I also got to learn more about Rachel, which I also enjoyed since we have two classes together. It made me realize that Washington State is home to some very interesting students.

When I interviewed Rachel, the main highlight was how involved she is in the Pullman community, and that she wants to turn that into a career. As a waitress at Southfork, Rachel says she admires the tight-knit community on the Palouse. She mentions that she wants to incorporate this admiration into her future career, with a community outreach or public relations position in the MLB.

Rachel feels truly connected to her family, and especially looks up to her mom and dad, who she says have inspired her to go into the sport management field. Rachel spoke highly of the people she’s met at WSU, and has been able to earn practicum hours by working for the marketing department. She makes sacrifices to realize her dream, as many of the events are held on the weekends.

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hibernation isn’t just for bears

Winter in Pullman can be unbearable at times, but there’s one thing that makes it better. I’m not the most athletic person in the world — my idea of winter sports is inner tubing — so when it comes to winter, my favorite way to spend my days is watching Netflix. When the winter hits in Pullman, it can be hard to will myself to get outside or be productive in academics. I enjoy watching Netflix because it allows me to escape the stresses of my everyday life, and get a look at people, places, and stories that I normally wouldn’t get the chance to experience in Pullman.

Most recently, I watched the Amanda Knox documentary and the original Netflix series Stranger Things.

I enjoy watching true crime documentaries as well as intense thrillers, but I need a comedy series to balance things out. My favorite comedy to watch on Netflix is Gilmore Girls, which will be revived in November.


Since I’m a journalism media production major, I enjoy all things television. I’m always looking for creative stories that are both personal and compelling. No matter how busy my days are, I always make time at night to watch at least one episode on Netflix. It relaxes me and comforts me when I don’t have the option to go outside since it’s so cold.

I don’t just watch these movies and episodes by myself – my roommates and I always enjoy staying in to watch Parks and Recreation, The Office, or Soaked in Bleach. Being able to congregate in the living room and give our input on our favorite Netflix series is a serious bonding activity! When winter rolls around, I make it a point (more than any other season) to basically hibernate. There are a lot of adventures on Netflix, and winter gives me the chance to explore!

a perfect mix of work and play

Taken at the New Day Northwest set in August.
My coworkers and I on my last day at KING 5 TV’s New Day Northwest in Seattle.

Heading into this summer, I had no idea how I would be spending my days. I spent months applying for internships with no luck, and was stressed that I would be unemployed during the break. In June, I heard back from a program on my local television station expressing interest in hiring me as an intern. By the middle of the month, I was working as the only intern on KING 5’s New Day Northwest.

Throughout my internship, I worked backstage to ensure that show guests were prepared and calm for their segment with host Margaret Larson. I communicated with producers constantly to keep them up-to-date on guests’ needs heading into taping. We worked with a live studio audience, and it was my responsibility to set up props prior to each segment in addition to creating content for the show’s website. Some highlights of my internship include was when I got to appear on-camera in a segment that was full of distractions, as well as getting the opportunity to meet former Seahawks player Jordan Babineaux.

Over the course of my internship, I networked with professionals in the field and developed friendships with the people I worked with. The security guard, Steve, became one of my closest friends and asked to take me in as his unofficial granddaughter. One of the producers, Joseph, and I quickly bonded over our love for the movie Bridesmaids. It was encouraging to realize that this career path is something I am truly interested in, rather than finding out the hard way that I am not interested in broadcast production.

I found time to enjoy myself outside of the office this summer. I attended several concerts, from The Lumineers to Earth, Wind, & Fire. I went out on the boat on Lake Sammamish several times. Finally, I got the chance to lead my Young Life group at camp in August, before heading back to school for my senior year. It was a jam-packed summer, full of fun and learning opportunities.

welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website! Throughout the semester, I will be updating this page with information I’ve learned from my Media and Communication in Sport course at Washington State University. Feel free to leave comments and engage in this space. It’s going to be a great semester!