Staff Profile: Amanda Barnett

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Amanda BarnettBy: AMANDA BARNETT
Staff Writer
amandakayeleanor@gmail.com

¡Hóla, estudiantes! I’m a writer, bicyclist and adventurer. I believe that travel is crucial to fulfilling the human spirit. We live in exciting times where instead of deeming ourselves Americans we can call one another people of world.

I started writing creatively at a young age – mostly poetry and short stories. Upon arriving at college, journalism seemed like the right career choice because it allows for a steady paycheck while doing what I love.

Journalism also seemed like a good fit because I’m a seeker of truth. I’ve been disheartened with mainstream media portraying news stories inaccurately. So instead of complaining, I decided to go into the field and make a difference.

Writing for The Preface has been my first taste of a real writing gig, and I will forever be grateful for the experience.

Hard news is where the excitement is. There’s not much hard news happening on our quaint campus, so I’ve found my favorite stories to write are human interest pieces. My love for human interest pieces began with This American Life, which is a radio show turned podcast.

While going to school full time I work a second job at Bittersweet Elementary School where I get to play tag and build Lego pyramids.

I’ve lived in the Michiana area my entire life. At points in my youth I despised this town but I have to say it has really grown on me. There are lots of local activities to make a daily adventure out of.

Spring is upon us again and it’s time for us all to feel invincible while participating in spring adventures.

One of my favorite local adventures is The Farmer’s Market, as being there makes this town feel like a close knit community. I’m a huge fan of biking the South Bend and Mishawaka river walk.

I’m also a disc golfing junkie, which gives me the perfect excuse to hike through the woods. We have a handful of local courses. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time to grab a Frisbee and get lost in the woods.

Besides traveling, I’m a firm believer that everyone should make time for more books and podcasts because knowledge really is power.

Indiana University has been a great ride. The small campus allows for great opportunities and meeting amazing mentors. I’m proud to graduate this December and see where the next chapter takes me.

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