By Heidi Sundstrom, Communication Department Intern
Amanda Armour, a 2011 Interdisciplinary grad from Wisconsin, combined Communication, English, and Religion to create her own major. “I loved my time at Calvin," she said, “My professors really challenged me to embrace new mediums—and to use them well.” Taking basic and advanced Journalism classes her freshman year allowed her to see right away how her future career might look. “I learned how to be creative in different formats. For example, with strict word restrictions on your articles, you’re forced to make every one count." An honors graduate, Armour also wrote and directed a play titled Poetic Justice: A Play on Words. Currently an intern at The Grand Rapids Press and a freelancer for Grand Rapids Bride magazine, Armour finds her Calvin education useful in her various positions.
During her time at Calvin, Amanda found that many of her classes helped her understand the wide span of the rhetoric and communication—classes including Professor Sterk’s gender issues course, Professor Pauley’s rhetoric theory course, and Professor Garcia’s media course. Armour’s advice for potential CAS students? “Be open to learning about a variety of mediums, even if you come in with a specific skill set.”
Amanda took her own advice, and found it helps her in her internship at The Grand Rapids Press. At the Editorial Copy Desk, she lays out pages of the paper, making sure they look attractive and appealing to readers. She also gets the chance to do editing and caption-writing. While her focus coming into Calvin was writing, the variety of abilities she developed at Calvin helps her excel in a position that focuses on writer support.
As a freelance writer for Grand Rapids Bride, Armour has the chance to write feature articles for the publication—sharing the details of real-life weddings with readers. Armour started off as an intern with the magazine, moving to a freelance position after her internship ended.
When not writing articles for GR Bride or laying out GR Press pages, Armour has a third position editing resumes for Calvin students. She uses skills she honed in her classes at Calvin and helps other students learn how to present themselves to potential employers. Her final piece of advice for students - “Don’t just stick to what you know," she urges, “be ready to learn about all the different things within your field.”
For more on Amanda’s play, visit: http://www.calvin.edu/news/detail.html?id=7e0873bc-f9b1-4cef-9fcc-8d9f664dc318