From Rejected To Accepted: One Student’s Journey to the University Of Texas

Ruby Westkaemper has a passion for all things media. From television to radio to digital, you name it, Ruby is into it.

“My friends, sisters and I used to make videos when we were younger and edit them on the computer,” said Ruby. “When I got to high school, I really focused on school and sports and my junior year, I didn’t do anything creative and I was so miserable.”

You could say this short-termed misery sparked Ruby’s initial interest in pursuing a career in the broadcast industry.

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3 Ways My Page Got Me a Job

As a student at Tulane University, nothing about me screamed traditional college student.

Though I had a range of experiences during my undergraduate years, they weren’t all linear. Anything that sparked an interest in me, I explored. This included blogging, organizing food trucks, working at music festivals, assisting event marketing teams and an array of other odd jobs.

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Turn Up The Volume

When I worked as a local television news reporter in New York City, I walked into my news director’s office one day. He was in the midst of watching video reels of reporters who had sent them in from across the country with the hopes of getting a job at the station.

The problem, as I saw it, was that my news director wasn’t really watching the reporter’s reels. He would insert a DVD, press play, watch for a few seconds, and then eject the DVD. To confound matters further, the volume was muted on the television. He couldn’t hear one word that the reporters were saying. I was confused. 

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Students of the Week: Cool Cats at Cal (UC Berkeley)

Peruse through student profiles from the University of California, Berkeley, and you will find a diverse group exemplifying dichotomies in life. From the computer science studying beauty queen to the socially responsible risk taker, it’s interesting to see how each of these young people take advantage of everything the world and their school has to offer.

caroline.wallis24_1397023819_15Most of Caroline’s disposable income goes to green tea lattes, fixing her vintage Schwinn, and used books. She’s a rising third year at UC Berkeley and a double major in design innovation and legal studies.

michelle.angeli_1315956678_45Michelle is an art history and anthropology double major who’s interested in photography, traveling, science fiction, history, and stencil graffiti art.

jasmine_lee_1357509687_17Jasmine is a performing artist turned computer science nerd from San Francisco. She spent her summer interning at a start up called Neon Labs while also participating as a fellow at True Ventures. Both brains and beauty, Jasmine participates in pageants when she can.

rishiahuja_1362983155_14Rishi is a Cal superstar triple majoring in political science, economics, and public policy. He’s optimistic about life and loves to read, think, eat, play basketball, and watch John Stuart.

5 Things to do in or around UC Berkeley

  1. Berkeley Repertory Theatre
  2. Indian Rock Park:  One of Berkeley’s rock parks in the Northbrae area, it provides great views and challenges for early-level rock climbing.
  3. Berkeley Marina
  4. UC Botanical Garden
  5. Lawrence Hall of Science


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