What advice do you have for #TEXASMoody students?
I speak to a lot of college students who are incredibly hard on themselves and have this unreasonable expectation for what they should have accomplished and what they should be doing. UT-Austin is a competitive school to get into — so students arrive on campus having worked very hard to get there. I see a lot of young professionals who still think they have something to prove. I think we all could stand to be a little kinder to ourselves. You have to take the golden rule and invert it — treat yourself like you would a best friend. You would never speak harshly to a loved one about their career performance. It is just as inappropriate to speak to yourself that way. Give yourself the same kindness you give others. Somewhere along the way, we decided it was okay to torture ourselves. All nighters have become this weird badge of honor — we're all so excited to rush to be the most miserable and overworked. Kill that instinct. Kill that early and kill that now and you'll be so much happier in your career and life.
What do you miss most about Moody College?
Really, the breadth of experiences I had while I was a student there. I got to touch just about every aspect of journalism. My only regret is never DJing for the student radio station, KVRX. I wished I had carved out time to try that for just one semester.
I think we all could stand to be a little kinder to ourselves. You have to take the golden rule and invert it — treat yourself like you would a best friend.