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Jordyn is a senior communications major at Milligan College, who grew up in Fort Wayne and moved to Bolivia as a high schooler. She is our Communications & Marketing counselor for the 2018 Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio.
Q: What drew you towards the Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio?
A: Having grown up in the Fort Wayne area, I was looking for a summer job here that would allow me to build my communications and media skills-- and then I found Tired-a-Lot! This camp is doing the amazing work of addressing needs in the community, while at the same time raising up a super cool group of teenagers as leaders who will hopefully continue to change the narrative wherever they go. I get to document them as they do this work, as well as tell this camp's story, and I'm thankful for the opportunity.
Q: What's a fun fact about you?
A: As long as I have good people around me, I will do just about any crazy thing for the sake of a good story. While I was living in Bolivia, I went on a few-day trip down the river in the jungle region in a dugout canoe; one night we accidentally set up camp on a shore lovingly referred to as "Panther Beach," named for the number of panther attacks that happened on that shore. Needless to say, we all slept lightly that night.
Q: What are you favorite accomplishments/projects that you've completed so far as a journalist?
A: I've had the opportunity to serve as a reporter and editor on my college's student-run newspaper, which has taught me so much about interviewing, writing, and managing that process. Probably my favorite project that I've worked on, though, is a short film I helped collect footage for in Yangon, Myanmar, of ministry that a church I was interning for was doing in that city.
Q: What goals do you hope to achieve in this field?
A: As a journalist--and more specifically, a storyteller--I hope to someday work in this role for a non-profit organization that is actively effecting change in the world, especially fighting some sort of injustice such as human trafficking or violence against minority groups. I hope to use storytelling as both a bridge among people groups and cultures, and as a catalyst to spur this change forward.