Most embarrassing thing on your iPod?
Probably the strangest thing I have is close to 40 string quartet covers of contemporary music. Check out the Vitamin String Quartet, they're interesting.
How do you have fun in Humboldt County?
One of the best things about Humboldt County is the food. Really. I like to go out with some friends to a good restaurant (usually a different one every week) and we just get a nice dinner and hang out. It's classy.
And of course, there's KRFH, which is where I get a lot of my kicks. I also do some beachcombing with my girlfriend; we go looking for sea glass on a couple local beaches (but I'm not going to tell you which ones).
What are you passionate about?
Well, I love music, reading (for fun - textbooks are pretty awful), and cooking. I'm like Betty Crocker when there's a dessert to be made, no joke. I also grew up playing video games, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't still love them - even if I don't get to play them as often as I'd like. I guess that's part of being an adult though.
Outdoor Spot You Love?
I like going up to Trinidad and watching the ocean. I'm from Fortuna (just down the U.S. 101 from Arcata), and I still love that town. Up near the airport where there's a lot of open pastures—the rolling fields are just amazing when the fog comes in on the summer nights.
What has been your best experience at HSU?
KRFH, bar-none. Volunteering with the good folks over at KHSU has been a great experience as well. Watching the campus evolve over the years has been a trip too—I waited a few years before really starting school, so I remember when the BSS building was still under construction and expected to be finished around the time I would've been done. Now I've got classes up there every other day.
Who was your favorite professor?
Oh, Cliff Berkowitz has been a great teacher, even though I've only had him for Radio Production and KRFH. Sid Dominitz was an amazing editing teacher as well, and Marcy Burstiner and Zoe Walrond taught me a lot about being a reporter. I feel like I could wing it a lot more convincingly now!
Have any tips for new students?
Bring your hobbies to school with you. You'll need something besides just school and friends, because otherwise you'll just feel like you're living for other people and jumping through their hoops. You need something for you, and you'll want it to be something relaxing.