Hi! My name is Jess Lynk. I am a senior news/internet journalism major with a crime concentration.
I always knew I wanted to go into journalism, so joining the school paper was a natural fit for me. I have been on the paper since my first year at Drake, but I never thought that I would become more than just a writer. Fortunately, this past year I had the pleasure of serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Times Delphic.
I got to craft story ideas, lead meetings, navigate through controversy and be a leader on campus. I've learned to develop a thicker skin and my public speaking skills. I have covered multiple national debates, interviewed the mayor and written stories about the Drake community. I also got to go to a national college journalism conference in Washington D.C.
I also lead a team of around 20 incredible people, which helped me further craft my leadership skills. But my sorority also helped craft those skills before I got my position at the paper. I served as the Chief Marketing Officer and Communications Director. Both of these positions helped prepare me for my future. I got to help run social media, edit a recruitment video and among other things, help direct my chapter. Now, I serve as the Human Resource Director, which means I get to plan fun sisterhood events for all my sisters.
I couldn't have had half the success I have had in college without the support of my Theta sisters. My big is the one who encouraged me to apply to be on the paper in the first place. She was always willing to bring me snacks at late night deadlines and lend an ear after a long day. My roommates always made sure I had dinner and that I went to bed at a decent hour. My sisters always gave me support by reading the paper and bringing me coffee, but more than that they gave me a support system that was necessary for me to thrive.