2017 Lilly Scholar – Katie Hunger


Katie Hunger
Attending DePauw University to major in English literature

“One of my favorite people at SHS told me towards the end of my senior year that I needed to learn to say “no.” She was right. I like to say yes and am terrible at saying no, but this semester saying yes has brought me a lot of good things.

I said yes to majoring in English Literature and countless hours of reading. I said yes to an internship at the Indy Star and to a long (at least for me), early morning commute. I said yes to being EIC of The DePauw in the spring and hopefully, a semester of improvements.

I knew that I wanted to major in English Lit a long time ago so it was just a matter of signing some papers and picking my advisor. In all actuality, it’s more like my advisor picked me; he checked in with me this summer to make sure I was in the classes I needed (I wasn’t), fixed my schedule, and then kindly asked what I was waiting for when I told him I hadn’t declared just yet. Professors like him make me grateful I’m at DePauw.

This semester I only took three classes on campus because I got the opportunity to work at the Indianapolis Star as their Our Children Fellow. I loved my time at the Madison Courier this summer, and it allowed me to experience some of the positives and the negatives of a career in journalism. With my fellowship at the Indy Star where I’ve been working to highlight organizations and services that are in place to help Indianapolis youths, I’ve been able to do more of what I enjoy — focusing on the good amidst all of the bad news. I still have a few more weeks left, but I can already say it has been another eye opening and beneficial experience.

The DePauw’s newsroom has become my favorite place on campus because of the people that spend way too much time on Tuesdays putting together our weekly newspaper. The Editor-in-Chief this past semester, Maria, sat next to me most Tuesday nights as she worked to read stories, and I worked to get them on the page. If you knew Maria, you’d know how much she cares about The DePauw, journalism as a whole, and shining light on the truth. Her dedication rubbed off on me a little, and hopefully next semester we’ll be able to continue what she’s started. I’m nervous to be Editor-in-Chief, but like most things, I’ll figure it out as I go with a little help from my friends.”

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