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					To Whom It May Concern: My name is Taylor Carlson and I am currently a junior at Northern Arizona University. I am twenty-one years old was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I am a very devoted student of journalism. I have been devoted to the subject since first taking an introductory course in high school. I take great pride in my potential to be a great journalist. I love to write and I love learning how to write more efficiently. I think that the communications classes I have taken at Northern Arizona University have taught me some of the most helpful skills and techniques I will ever learn. Last year I was the recipient of the Scripps News Editorial scholarship for $1,200 for the 2008-2009 academic year. I am currently a writer for the Arts and Entertainment section of The Lumberjack. I have had the opportunity to write stories about upcoming NAU and community events such as Flagstaff’s monthly Movies on the Square, Theatriko’s Stories to Life and the NAU Theatre productions of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Fantasticks, among others. Writing for the publication has allowed me to put my education to work by applying it to real life journalism, which is not only fun and thrilling but an incredible opportunity. I was an active participant in Northern Arizona University’s Campus Chapter Habitat for Humanity. I helped organize and run fundraising events such as bake sales, tool drives, etc. I also volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity resale store in Verde Valley, Arizona. I spent most of that time cleaning and repairing home improvement supplies for resale to the general public. I volunteered at Flagstaff’s annual Halloween Harvest; I handed out candy to children, helped organize games and serve snacks. With my appreciation for literature and reading I helped begin my high school’s first Book

Club in which I was elected president. I was in charge of delegating to my fellow club members to help organize fundraisers and book fairs, beginning and fueling discussions on the current books and suggesting ideas for new books, recruiting and fundraising. I have always held a part-time job. I currently work on the NAU campus as a student worker in the Distance Learning department. I really enjoy working on campus and learning the ins and outs of the university. Working at Distance Learning has vastly improved my communications skills over the phone, via email and face to face. It has also taught me a great deal about customer service, company policy and a genuine love for helping people, even in the smallest way. It has become my understanding that majority of the field of communication is experience-based trial and error. Instructors have unlimited resources to teach communication students the specifics and their own experiences but the lesson does not come full circle until it is tested in reality. In my career I hope to prove my knowledge of communication based on my education while also harboring a desire for knew knowledge based on my own experiences. I would love to be able to call myself a successful journalist, with a tool belt of knowledge and experience that I might be able to share with others. When I sit in my journalism classes and watch my instructors, seasoned journalists, relay the stories they worked on and the challenges and fortunes they met, I wish nothing more than to have some of my own stories to share. There are so many facets of journalism that I enjoy, ranging from writing and editing to advertising and public relations; I would love to try them all throughout my career. Journalism is changing every minute; it has suddenly become so much more accessible, versatile and competitive in the passed few years that it is intimidating but also incredibly exciting.



Journalism has gone from busy, paper-filled newsrooms to a cyberspace explosion where information and ideas are passed instantaneously across the vastest distance. My career could, potentially, contribute to altering journalism in important ways which is exactly the effect I hope my career will have on my communication field.



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