Patricia Hoyos

WELCOME

Hello, you!

I am a senior at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). I will be graduating next spring with a journalism degree and a history minor. While I'm sad to see my time in Gainesville approaching an end, I'm excited to move on and experience new things.

I first became interested in journalism when I was in high school. I've always enjoyed writing, so joining the newspaper's staff just seemed like the right thing to do. Besides, I got a neat press badge that I could use to get out of pre-calculus. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with journalism. There's just something very thrilling about knowing you are responsible for spreading information that others need to know.

I think right now is one of the most challenging yet interesting times to be a journalist. As technology improves and people find new ways of receiving information, journalists need to adapt their methods of distributing information. I find this transitional stage very exhilarating. I think that attending UF for journalism was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The knowledge and skills I've acquired will be key for my career in the future. I've learned solid writing skills while at the same time learned how to use the digital world to my advantage.

When I look back at my high school articles, I cringe. I am sure that 15 years from now I will say the same about the stories I've written while in college. But that's fine by me. I think a good journalists needs to always be learning and improving. If the quality of my writing peaks at 22, what do I and my readers have to look for in the future?