As a member of the Stanford News Service, from 2004 to 2009, I wrote a wide range of pieces that appeared as news articles in the university's official weekly for faculty and staff, the Stanford Report, as well as a regular column that assumed a more personal voice and captured the colorful quirks of the world-famous campus.

My responsibilities soon grew to include writing press releases and assisting with the print production of the university's news weekly (i.e. writing headlines and photo captions, discussing story selection, collaborating with graphic artists on page design). Ancillary functions I faithfully performed included advising individuals and offices throughout campus on internal and external communications strategies, as well as writing for other departments as a freelancer.

My time on The Farm was a truly enriching, engaging and humbling experience throughout. And it was there that I discovered that I enjoy being immersed in the progressive, mission-charged atmosphere of a university campus.

Photo credit: Linda A. Cicero

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