My name is Julia. I’m the first female The Break Room has ever hired. Consider yourself warned.
I’m a West Virginia University sophomore, originally from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I’m a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Sport and Exercise Psychology.
I love sports, novels, music, my family and friends, dumb jokes, dresses, and romantic comedies. I also enjoy long walks on the beach and petting every dog that comes within a 10 foot radius.
In case you were wondering about my qualifications to talk sports with eight sports-obsessed guys:
I’ve been a born and raised fan of the Steelers, Pirates, Seahawks, and Mountaineers.
I played soccer and tennis for over a decade and was elbows deep in the recruiting process until a career-ending injury during my senior soccer season. It was at that point that I realized my ultimate career direction.
I paid my deposit at WVU and enrolled as a Journalism major. West Virginia University’s Journalism program is one of the best in the nation. In my first semester, I took a Sport and Exercise Psychology class and quickly realized that, in order to achieve what I felt my dream job to be, I would declare a double major. In addition, WVU has one of less than a handful of SEP undergraduate degree programs in the country; it’s incredibly selective, but I was a direct program admit.
I want to work for a major sports network. The goal is to have my own show interviewing athletes and coaches about sport psychology.
In my first collegiate semester, I was chosen for two internships, one of which became a job, with WVU Athletics Video and the West Virginia Black Bears. WVUsports.com, the WVU Athletic Department’s website, which streams live action games/meets for 9 of the 17 recognized Division 1 sports at West Virginia, is the only university-affiliated entity in the United States to employ current students for filming and game production aspects. It’s an amazing program, my coworkers are some of my best friends, and I get paid to watch sports. That’s kind of the dream.
Last summer, I also interned with the West Virginia Black Bears, the Pittsburgh Pirates Short-Season Single-A Affiliate, in Morgantown. I acted as the on-field host, which required me to, microphone in hand, engage the 2,000+ fans that flocked to Monongalia County Ballpark in games and trivia between the innings. I’d hop up on the dugout with a fan and get the crowd involved in a handful of sponsored activities. It was one of the greatest opportunities of my life thus far. Getting the chance to watch players in the Pirates organization prior to seeing them on shirts, bobbleheads, and tv, was certainly an unparalleled experience, as well.
You can watch my experience at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMrqc2tAVsw&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop!
In the first semester of my sophomore year, I founded one of only 15 student chapters of the Association for Women in Sports Media. The previous summer, while the Black Bears were on one of two 6 game away stands, I attended the national convention in Miami. While there, I listened to established sports broadcasters speak, some of whom had made a pitstop at the convention en route to report at the Rio Olympics, and also met young women from the 14 other student chapters.
Here I am with the other Big 12 representatives (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State)
Representing WVU at Marlins Park during the Marlins/Cardinals game (Fun Fact: Marlins Park seats more fans than WVU has students!)
Katie Nolan, the AWSM 2016 keynote speaker & star of Fox Sports 1’s show Garbage Time, and I.
The student chapter now has nearly 50 people on the email list and has been featured in the Daily Athenaeum, the Reed College of Media Alumni Magazine, Media, and the Reed College of Media blog, and was highlighted on the national AWSM website.
In addition, I have shadowed the replay operators in the tv trucks during a WVU football game, and anticipate shadowing ROOT Sports and WV Illustrated in the upcoming months.
So, in short, I’m pretty qualified.
What I plan on bringing to The Break Room:
As the only female in this rowdy bunch, I plan to enhance the website, blogs, podcasts, and Periscopes with my charm, wit, and sports knowledge. My viewpoint on sports is distinctly different than those of Frank and the crew. My opinions are just that. Mine.
I’ll infuse a unique perspective into the posts and content that The Break Room produces, so hop on and enjoy the ride!
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