Dear Prof. Gerson,

It’s my pleasure to submit my application for your social media course.

I have been interested in Journalism since high school, and I have been an expert in social media ever since I was little. Understanding the way social media affects journalism is crucial to improving how the news that we create reaches an audience. My knowledge of this topic makes me a clear choice for your class.

I have a great following on Instagram where I am quite active and love to interact with my followers and friends and understand how to tell a story. I…

I’m from a small hometown. The kind of small where if you want to do something fun, you visit Target, find something to eat, or just have a house party. Before I moved to college in LA county, I had always dreaded my time in my hometown for the sake of it being a plain, old boring place to grow up in. I am from Santa Maria, California, or as most of you would better know it, an hour north of Santa Barbara and an hour south of San Luis Obispo.

Santa Maria, California as shown above

Santa Maria was that “middle place” where everything fun…

Some of the many symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

The year was 2015. I vaguely remember the moment in high school where I was on the track field, and that dreaded feeling every girl gets when her period is about to start. But something was wrong; I could sense it. Ahead of me for the next couple of hours I had to perform my best, and my determination was high. Little did I know that day would be the start of a lifelong battle.

The next few hours, shooting pain throughout my lower abdomen began to occur. I had to step out of my track meet, and tell my…

Lael Wilcox on the first day of her trip through the Sierras. (Photographed by Rugile Kaladyte)

Traveling through unknown wilderness terrain may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox, a bike-packing trip through the high sierras that most would call insane was just another adventure.

The short film “The Long Way Around,” which premiered in January, follows her travels alongside friends and a team of filmmakers to endure the ultimate journey into the unknown.

Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, Wilcox was in a place with endless adventure and beauty. Her passion for cycling started in 2008, where she balanced being a pizza server and trying to pursue her passion. Taking it…

One very tired couple, from Tlayacapan, Mexico

A scorching 90 degrees heat in Tlayacapan, Mexico. One couple decides to try and beat the heat to hike up one of the tallest rocks around the area. All this happened during January of 2021, on a trip to visit family in Mexico. We decided to visit multiple other cities and towns, to see what each has to offer and to of course brush up on my Spanish! So many unique aspects of each little town we visited is what made this trip particularly special. But, we were most excited to get up early in the morning to conquer this…

A vegan’s diet consists of anything that doesn’t come from an animal. They don’t eat meat, fish, poultry, or any other animal by-products, such as eggs or milk. According to Medical News Today, a web-based outlet for medical information and news, partaking in a vegan lifestyle can lower one’s risk for cancer, aid in weight loss, and improve heart health, among other potential health benefits. That being said, starting a vegan journey may not be easy, especially during a pandemic.

Introduced in the 1940s, veganism has become a well-known lifestyle for many Americans, especially those in California. Veganism itself has…

What is it about an early morning that can make people feel so refreshed? Sitting in the backyard at 8am with crisp cold air gently touching my face makes for a calm and peaceful start to my day. I observe whats around me. Plants are are alive and green and giving me a good morning welcome as bees buzz around them. I take a breath in and immediately am overcome with fresh air that is cold enough to feel in my nose when I breathe. My hands and toes can feel the air, and even my socks cant stop the…

“Life is just different here,” my mom told me. I was sheltered in my room, hearing the harsh winds outside while conversing with her. My phone in my hand, directed at my face so she can see me, I give a smile to the phone so she knows I am happy for her. “ It’d only be perfect if you were here.” She told me. Looking through the screen, I see her view from her balcony in Costa Rica. She has wanted to leave the United States for as long as she can remember as she was unhappy there. She…

I remember those moments in high school when the science teacher would play those National Geographic shows, and how much I loved them. I’ve always loved animals and nature, but it seemed I was the only one super excited and not bored out of my mind like the other kids when they were played. Never though much of my interest for it until my dad gave me his old Canon XTi camera when I was a junior in highschool, and told me he had no use for it. I didn’t really either, until I told my friends, and of course…

Abrielle Rounds

CSUN Photojournalism student with a passion for telling stories through photos

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