Hello! My name is Taryn and I am a junior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I am majoring in advertising and pursuing a double minor in psychology and magazine media.
During my time at Drake, I’ve grown to love journalism and I am constantly striving to further hone my skills in the field. I’m an editor by nature, and I’ve been involved with the Times-Delphic, our campus newspaper, since my freshman year. This year, I am serving as the managing editor!
where i’m from
I grew up in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, a tiny tourist town on the shores of Lake Geneva (if you’re from Chicagoland, you probably know what I’m talking about). I graduated high school in a class of 52 students, so even a relatively small university like Drake initially felt huge to me.
what i do
Writing was always my forte growing up, so I originally came to college with the intention of majoring in news or magazine writing or even English. However, I pretty quickly learned that even though writing is something that I’m pretty good at and an activity I still enjoy, it’s definitely not the career path I wanted to take. I kept on magazine media as a minor, though, and actually had some of my pieces published online for a mag staff writing class I took my sophomore year!
Full disclosure: I am still working out what I want to do with my life after my time at Drake is up. I picked advertising for my major because it’s a concept that I like and one that is on the broader side, so I am extremely open to any and all opportunities I can get in the field!
- My family and I once auditioned to be on Family Feud. (Sadly, we were not selected and we didn’t even get to meet Steve Harvey.)
- I am surprisingly a bit of an adrenaline junkie and I absolutely adore roller coasters. I’ve also been zip lining, parasailing, and most recently skydiving!
- The best job I ever had was working at the public library in my hometown. I learned a lot about library science and it was a great way to connect with the community. Plus, it was just really relaxing to sort and shelve all the books.
- My favorite animal is a kiwi bird. There is no particular reason for this, I just think they are super rad.
Some more of my favorite things include art, books, useless trivia, coffee, and cats. Feel free to connect with me on social media!