Emma Bascom

Emma Bascom is a junior from De Soto, Kansas majoring in journalism. She is currently the Associate News Editor of the University Daily Kansan and the president of the student writer’s workshop. She is the first journalism school recipient of the White House Correspondents Association scholarship, which was established this year through a partnership with the White House Correspondents Association.

My favorite memory at KU is when I found out I won the White House Correspondents Association Scholarship. I was in the newsroom, and everyone was excited for me and congratulated me profusely. It was touching that they were so happy about my success and showed me how lucky I am to be working with such genuine individuals.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the J-school is the unique atmosphere of the newsroom and the incredible people in it.

When I came to KU, I wish I knew to appreciate every moment. Time moves quickly and nothing is permanent.

If I could give my freshman year self advice I would say “don’t sweat the small stuff. And remember, it’s all small stuff.”

[My favorite quote is] “It’s strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words.” T.S. Eliot

It sounds dorky, but my favorite memory is watching a Lord of the Rings marathon with my family while my dad made his famous spaghetti sauce.

When I graduate, I will always remember how much my time in college has allowed me to grow.

Hard work is rewarded. You will be so grateful for every hour you spent studying and hating it… eventually.


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