I am a young aspiring writer. I currently attend Michigan State University and study International Relations and Urban Planning and Regional Development. I have also studied Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University's James Madison College and Economics and Sports Management at The University of Findlay. I got my start writing for College Hoops Daily and then got a spot at College Sports Madness. Through time, I have been also featured on other sites. I have written important political pieces for Senators and in 2018 I completed a research paper that received approval from the Dean of Michigan State University's Honor College for publication. The purpose of this site is to showcase my published works with the hopes of reaching a wider audience. -ZB
Although I got my start and have been writing a lot on the topic of men's college basketball, I have also reached out in an attempt to write on a wider variety of topics and began putting these interests into action in 2018. Other writing areas of interest include U.S. Government, Music, Culture, International Affairs, Politics, Economics, and World News.
College Hoops Daily
I have been writing for College Hoops Daily since January, 5th, 2017. I have covered numerous different topics writing for this company. After reaching out to owner and main operator of the website, Matt Waskey, he requested I write a sample article. That sample article was so good it went on to get published and featured as the sites top article. Since then I have covered team rankings, awards, the NCAA tournament, Selection Sunday, the Final Four, and individual teams and players. Below are links to all of College Hoops Daily articles in order of publishing date.
Regular Season 2016-2017
My role as a respected, trusted, and factual writer at College Hoops Daily was proven when I was asked to take one of the four regions for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Only four writers from the entire site were asked to take part in what is arguably the most important time of the year for all of college basketball. My analysis of the West Region is below.
College Sports Madness
I started writing out to College Sports Madness January, 23rd, 2017. I was looking to expand my reach as a writer and reached out to senior editor, Joel Welser. He reviewed my articles published up to that point and immediately offered me a role at College Sports Madness. This was an honor considering they offer some nationally recognized college awards. Since I joined the team, I have been writing one article a week as part of a season long series. My series "THIS WEEK IN BIG TEN MEN'S BASKETBALL" has been consistently on the main page as a featured article. Below are links to all of College Sports Madness articles in order of publishing date.
Regular Season 2016-2017
Regular Season 2017-2018
Post Season 2018 (NCAA & NIT Team Capsules)
The Blarney Stone
My articles "Postseason Rankings" and "West Region: Sweet Sixteen" were originally posted on College Hoops Daily and were later was pinned by Blarney Stone. I have never actually wrote for Blarney Stone, but it is an example of my writing ability to be featured on the site.
Senator Patrick Colbeck (R) State 7th District- Michigan
My essay, "Politics in Public Health: The Case of 5G" was the culmination of research I conducted during my internship for Senator Patrick Colbeck. This essay was edited and approved by the Dean of Michigan State University's Honors College, Dr. Matthew Zierler. Dr. Zierler is one of the most respected faculty members at Michigan State and took the editing process of my thesis-paper with the utmost importance. He alone spent ten days reviewing my final draft before giving me approval. The process began in early-May and the first draft was finished in mid-August and was completely approved and completed on September 27th, 2018. This thesis-paper served as my Michigan State capstone paper for James Madison College and as my first publishable research project.
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