Tell me your story--on or off the record

The cake reads:The newsroom is a place filled with people with enormous egos who are totally insecure

I'm making a living in a dying field.

I eat headlines for breakfast, get dressed to the soundtrack of NPR's "Morning Edition" and copy edit the newspaper between classes when I don't have a story of my own to write.

I am a terribly curious person. In my field of work, it can either get me a job or get me killed. I'd say eavesdrop like no one's business, but I do the exact opposite. It took some convincing, but my parents accept that I talk to strangers.

This is the life a journalist--that and large amounts of coffee, stress and expletives.

It's the feeling of not knowing what's going to happen when you wake up, who you'll have to talk to, what happened while you were asleep and what is still to come thoughout the day that drives you to wake up and drives you insane all the same.

I guess it's the lifestyle, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

At UF, I've been able to work with The Independent Florida Alligator as a freelancer and now as a staff writer and to be the treasurer for the Society of Professional Journalist chapter at UF