Brennan Weiss is a senior Journalism major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has studied abroad two different times and is involved with the Marist Society of Professional Journalists.
Why is becoming a journalist important to you?
Journalism is my passion. I genuinely enjoy interviewing people and investigating stories people don't hear too much about. As cliché as it sounds, journalism is about making the news interesting and meaningful for people. I want to spend my life doing that type of work.
You chose to study abroad in Morocco. Why there and not one of the more common places?
My first foray into traveling was my freshman year when I participated in the yearlong Freshman Florence Exchange program in Italy. When I came to Poughkeepsie, I was taken aback by how different life was. I knew I wanted another abroad experience, but this time I wanted a place more geared towards my personal and professional interests. I'm interested in how French culture has been exported throughout the world. I have also always been intrigued by non-Western cultures. Morocco perfectly matched these criteria.
Advice for incoming journalism majors?
Write, write, write and read, read, read. Even if you are only reading what interests you, always be reading something. Writing is just as important. Journalism is a craft. You don't suddenly become a great writer. It gradually comes to fruition after years of practice and repetition. Don't be afraid to seek opportunities outside of the classroom, including freelancing and internships early on.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York