Pacific Lutheran University men's basketball junior student-athlete Dylan Foreman documented his trip to New York City for GoLutes.com. Foreman has scored 956 career points in a Lute uniform and is active on campus outside of basketball, serving as a member of Mast Media and can be heard on the webstream broadcasts of baseball, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball.
From March 10-14, I traveled to New York City for the annual College Media Association conference. I traveled not as a member of PLU men's basketball but as a member of the on-campus student news outlet, Mast Media.
For the past year, I have been serving as the sports editor of the student newspaper, The Mast, and it has been a rewarding experience since the very first issue came out.
As I and other members of Mast Media arrived in New York City, we went with the expectation of going to the conference to learn and improve in areas we lacked as communication students as well being able to network with other media professionals.
While we learned a whole host of information, more importantly, we got to enjoy the Big Apple and all the activities the city had to offer. I went to the Big East Championship at Madison Square Garden, saw Late Night with Seth Meyers, and rode the subway. Other members visited Brooklyn Bridge, saw Jimmy Fallon, went to the Museum of Modern Art, and went to the New York Public Library.
With the financial help of PLU, we came back from New York with a better understanding of what to do in our careers and also say we experienced New York City and saw things there that we hadn't in our life yet experienced.
Another perk to having gone to the conference was coming back a winner. As an athlete, winning is always important and in New York City, the Mast Media team took home the David L. Adam's Apple Award for best newspaper at a four-year university with fewer than 5,000 students. Mast Media hasn't won a first place award in quite some time let alone an Apple award which has never been done.
As a student-athlete in Division III, I feel blessed that during basketball season I have the opportunity to play the game that I love at a high level while off the court, be able to pursue my career and have fun doing it.
This conference is a perfect example of the possibilities that student-athletes or even just students have at PLU. They get to be a part of something special and get to be recognized by their peers and fellow students.
The newspaper has been a success since the beginning of the year putting out stories that have captured the attention of students and faculty. I am proud to say that I have not only been fortunate enough to represent PLU athletics on the basketball court but I have been able to represent them in the newspaper.