Dandelion hair stabbing itself into the sky, purple dress rocking back and forth like a drunken sailor, the girl adventures into the grassy corridor between the castles of suburbia. Bushes scale the was-once-white siding of two modest, two-story homes. A rustling of leaves thunders, like a tribal drumbeat, into her ears; lightning strikes.
And hisses back.
Aggressively kind. Kindly aggressive.
My name is Olivia. I am an undergraduate student at BYU majoring in Communications with an emphasis in print news-media. I write to fight the good fight.
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I intend to pursue politically relevant long-form journalism. Attempting to mirror the nuanced yet clear, poetically poignant work of Ta-Nehisi Coates, I will grapple with unsolvable problems fairly. I would like to experiment with solutions journalism; I profoundly believe in connecting the written word with action. I would like to learn to create and incorporate multi-media into my articles.
Currently, I am creating opportunities to deepen my understanding of political activistism and how I can best help God's children.
"The movement is a rhythm to us/Freedom is like religion to us."-Common
- I am the Co-President of BYU’s recently restarted chapter of Amnesty International.
- With the help of professors from several campuses, I am also in the beginning stages of establishing a national student coordinating committee that will connect existing youth activist organizations.
- I am a delegate representing Finland on BYU’s Model United Nation’s Team at the National Model United Nations New York Conference.
- I was a pollster for the Utah Colleges Exist Poll during the 2016 General Election.
- I am a competitive slam poet, recently winning an award at a slam at The Wall and previously competing in the 2016 Utah Arts Festival on the South Salt Lake team.