Meet Staff Writer Allissa Corak

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corak-allissa-staff-profileBy: ALLISSA CORAK
Staff Writer

Finding my place has never been easy in any sense. In grade school I was always the weird kid, which carried over into high school. (We all know a high-school weirdo. That was me.) Jumping forward into college, I switched majors too many times to count. I also transferred schools three times before settling at IU South Bend. I never felt comfortable in one place, choosing to learn about one thing… until this year.

This year, I am a junior who has officially claimed a major in journalism and a minor in Earth and space science. I love every second of it. I have always been a science geek with a curiosity about thunderstorms and a knack for storytelling.

It wasn’t until July that I was hired at ABC 57 News as a production assistant. I was coming from managing a family-owned restaurant in Granger, and little did I know, I would be doing much more than assisting. I was given creative freedom and the opportunity to write news articles. That’s when I realized I was in the right place.

For a couple months, I watched reporters tell stories from around the area and thought, “Hey, maybe I could do that.” But the moment I stood in front of the green screen, I somehow put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I wanted to be a meteorologist.

The science intertwines with creative storytelling, and I knew that I had finally found my place.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a workaholic and finding what I want to do for the rest of my life means the most.

Maybe one day I’ll be in the top market of Seattle starting my day in a coffee shop, telling you when it’s going to rain again, and coming home to my top floor apartment and a glass of red wine. Oh, and horse-sized dog.

Until then, I will be graduating from IUSB next spring and moving on to Mississippi State to receive my meteorology qualifications.

I will leave you with ten fun facts. One of them is a lie:

I once ate a whole dog treat for a dollar.

San Diego, Calif., is my favorite city because of the beer.

I am a proud mom of a large bearded dragon.

Fifty percent of my brain is made up of quotes from “The Office.”

I throw up every time I hear “Lazy Eye” by the Silversun Pickups.

Until I was 15, I believed my half birthday was not only six months away from my actual birthday but also half of the days.

When I was six, I made friends with a grizzly bear in Canada. It let me pet it.

I met Matt Damon.

The last one was a lie. I met Leonardo DiCaprio. Happy spring semester, everyone!

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