If you asked me what my biggest learning experience has been at college so far, I would not hesitate to tell you that it has been my year and a half with the Daily Trojan. I cannot get over how much I love writing for USC’s student newspaper! The summer before my freshman year I applied for two sections, Opinion and Sports, and ended up accepting a position as a Sports staff writer. Before I go on, let me tell you that it still shocks people when they find out that I write for the Sports section. While I wasn’t totally oblivious about sports before I came to college, I never thought I would write about them for the paper! I am all about trying new things though, so when I was offered a position on the Sports staff, I accepted it.
Right away, I was assigned a “beat,” which is essentially a sport that a writer covers for the entirety of the team’s season. Each game/match/tournament requires a preview and a recap, to be written by that sport’s beat writer(s). I was lucky enough to cover the fabulous women’s tennis team as my first beat. Then, as the team’s season died down, I moved on to men and women’s swim and dive, and ended my freshman year covering some women’s water polo games.
This year, I am one of the men’s water polo and women’s basketball beat writers. The men’s water polo team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and the three-time defending national champion, and the women’s basketball team was ranked No. 15 in ESPN.com’s preseason poll. How lucky am I to be able to cover such amazing USC teams?! I have learned so much about sports, USC,
and the amazing athletes at this school thanks to my experience on the DT. It has enriched my journey through college because, even though I didn’t really know much about sports before I got here, I am now covering some of the best college teams in the nation! If there’s one piece of advice I can give out now to my friends and family, it is that trying new things is one of the most important things you can do in college — you never know how much you’ll grow to love them!