Without a doubt, the three years I spent at the Arizona Daily Wildcat put me directly on a career path to today. Those were the years I found a passion for news and for journalism, and the years in which I was able to experiment with different types of news coverage and different styles of writing.
Being able to be on the frontline of breaking news, and being able to cover that news the way we did, still gives me goosebumps.
I started at the Wildcat as a news and entertainment reporter, and eventually became the news editor. During that time I covered everything from ASUA meetings to murder investigations.
I have a million amazing memories of the people I worked with during my time at the Wildcat, but I’ll never forget manning the helm of news coverage during the dorm murder of Mia Henderson and the following trial of Galareka Harrison.
At that time I was the news editor and I had never covered something so big. Looking back now, I’m still so proud of everything that my team and I created, and how quickly we hustled from 5 a.m. when my phone rang that day in 2007.
Kelly Lewis is an entrepreneur who followed a dream and clearly fits our definition of a young alumna achiever who didn’t settle…or settle down. Originally from Hawaii, Kelly graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 and just started traveling. Three years later, she wrote and published the first Go! Girl Guide – on travel to Thailand—which has since developed into world’s first series of travel guidebooks made just for women.
Go! Girl Guides’ country-by-country guidebooks not only give women the inside scoop on the best places to eat or drink while on the road, they also give them valuable information by finding the safest and most affordable places to stay, highlighting tours that cater to women, finding spiritual retreats and centers of rejuvenation, and exploring free or low-cost volunteer options that are safe and leave a lasting impression.
Go! Girl Guides believes that travel can be both stimulating and affordable, that having adventures changes lives, and that every woman has the power within them to do extraordinary things. The aim is to offer women a comprehensive look at world travel within the guise of three topics: safety, affordability and fun.
Go! Girl Guides has published guidebooks on Thailand, Mexico, Argentina and London, with titles on Costa Rica and New York City forthcoming. Kelly currently lives in New York City, where she is busy organizing the first-ever Women’s Travel Festival for March 8, 2014.