Hometown: Clackamas, Oregon
Major: Public Relations
Internship: Center for Democracy and Development
I am visual communicator interested in strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. As a senior set to earn my degree in fall 2017, I am eager to begin a career in communication. I hope to build professional experience in Ghana, while also using my time there as a point of reference while encouraging myself and others to peruse cultural literacy and to seek out cross-cultural interactions. My interest in African cultures was spurred by my passion for dance. I’ve been dancing my whole life and when I learned about how dance functions in many African societies I was inspired to declare an African studies minor to further immerse myself in the cultures of the underrepresented, often misrepresented, continent.
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California
Internship: Emerge Advertising
Simply put, I am a writer with a passion for environmental issues and social causes. I am thrilled to gain firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to live and work in Ghana because I believe that experience begets authenticity. A senior studying advertising at the University of Oregon, I hope to use my voice to educate, spark conversation, and ignite positive change. I love to travel and continually seek new experiences.
Hometown: San Jose, California
Internship: Innova Advertising
I am currently a junior studying advertising at the University of Oregon. Born and raised in San Jose, California, I’m a creative who loves to write and play soccer. I have always loved the art of visual storytelling and hope to illustrate my passion through my professional work pieces. From the experiences to be told to the people that I will meet, I can’t wait to be in Ghana and learn about the culture!
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Major: Advertising, Sociology
Internship: Radio Univers
Bio: I think it ia a gift when you can come from nothing but still want to give those around you everything. There is beauty in struggle and nothing is sweeter than the outcom. I consider myself a healer, an educator, a trend curator and I am my best when I’m surrounded by people who reject the status quo.
Hometown: Gold River, California
Minor: Business Administration
Internship: The Daily Guide
I am a Senior at the University of Oregon pursuing a degree in journalism with a minor in business administration. More importantly than that I am an adventurer who loves to travel. I seek out new places and experiences and do my best to document those through powerful photographs that help tell the story to those that aren’t present.
Hometown: San Diego, California
Internship: Joys FM Sports
I am a junior at the University of Oregon, studying journalism with an emphasis in reporting and radio. As a former athlete, my true inspiration is to immerse myself in sports media. I spent my childhood in Augusta, Georgia and San Diego, California dreaming of what it would be like doing the same job as Stuart Scott or Stephen A. Smith. The Media in Ghana trip is more than just a study abroad or internship opportunity. This trip is my first outside of the United States and means a lot to me culturally as an African American.
Hometown: La Pine, Oregon
Internship: Emerge Advertising
Next year will be my last at the University of Oregon. I have spent the last three years studying advertising in the School of Journalism and Communication. I am interested in the creative and strategic aspects of advertising and I would love to someday work in a place where I can combine my interest in advertising and my passion for social issues. The love of traveling runs in my family and I am so excited that I am able to experience a journey of my own in Ghana.
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Majors: Journalism and Media Studies
Minors: Comparative Literature and History
Internship: The Finder
Next year will be my fourth and final year at the University of Oregon. I have spent my time in the School of Journalism and Communication studying journalism with a focus on feature writing. I would eventually like to write for a magazine because I appreciate the depth that long-form journalism provides. I like to learn and write about the ways past forces have shaped present day places and the people affected by the policies. I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity to travel to Ghana and I hope to leave the country with a broader world view, and learn about myself and others.
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Internship: Ghana Football Association
Bio: I am a Seattle native and advertising major at the University of Oregon. I usually can for hours about movies (specifically Christopher Nolan movies), soccer (mainly ranting about Liverpool and the Sounders) and Hip-Hop (don’t even get me started on the Freshman XXL list this year). I hope with this Ghana trip I can meet some interesting people, learn to live in a unique place and have a fun/rewarding summer.
Hometown: Tigard, Oregon
Majors: Psychology & Public Relations
Internship: Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights
I am a public relations and psychology major entering my senior year at the SOJC. Aside from my passion for writing and communication, I am an adamant reader and lover of all things outdoors. Opportunities to immerse yourself in a different culture don’t come often, and I am incredibly excited to learn as much as I can from Ghanaian professionals with different backgrounds and skillsets.
Hometown: Clackamas, Oregon
Major: Public Relations
Internship: Social Security and National Insurance Trust
I am a junior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. I have a love for storytelling and a passion for people and the connectivity that comes with community. My ultimate dream job would be as an in-house PR professional for a company who’s work inspires and excites me.
In my spare time I love to travel, play volleyball, and eat good food.
Hometown: Laguna Beach, California
Internship: METRO TV
Bio: I am a senior journalism major at the University of Oregon. Some of my interests include surfing and diving. I am excited to study and learn in Ghana this summer.
Hometown: Bend, Oregon
Majors: Journalism & Business Administration
Internship: Business and Financial Times
Bio: As I prepare for my final year at the University of Oregon, I want to take advantage of everything that the SOJC has to offer. My initial interest in traveling was inspired by my mom as she spent every summer visiting a new country. In the future, I hope to settle in New York as a long-form journalist, but before then I’d love to travel the world starting with Ghana! During my six weeks in Ghana, I hope that my passion for being a strong communicator will continue to grow as I intern at the Business and Financial Times.
Hometown: Willamina, Oregon
Internship: Oracle Advertising
“Be fully present in the moments that matter most to those that matter most.” (Scott Bedbury) This quote is one of my favorites simply because it reminds me of how valuable time is and to always give your all in everything you do. Hearing other people’s stories and learning about different cultures is one of my favorite things in life. Currently, I am a junior and am lucky to have found the major advertising to be studying. So far, through this major I have learned new and different skills that share the stories of others.
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Majors: Advertising & Chinese
I am a man of many curiosity’s- with a passion for creating visual material. My inspirations multiply daily, but music, literature, and film have held true as the foremost sources of marvel in my life. Born in Oregon but moved to Hong Kong, I appreciate the beauty that lies in nature, and am fascinated by the cultures created by urban life. I am hungry for new experiences in Ghana, and an opportunity to aid in globalization through genuine storytelling.
Hometown: San Rafael, California
Internship: Starr FM
I’m a senior at the University of Oregon, studying advertising and theater. I’m passionate about using my power of strategic thinking to better the communities I have the privilege of being part of. For 6 weeks this summer, I’ll be interning at a radio station in Ghana, Africa. I’m thrilled to be part of the Media in Ghana program and can’t wait to see how my adventure unfolds. Tune in to follow this journey and read my reflects on the experience.
Hometown: Studio City, California
I chose to join the Media in Ghana program because I was looking to involved myself in something I was completely unfamiliar with. I couldn’t think of another opportunity in my lifetime where I would not only get to visit West Africa, but also work within in it’s business sector on multimedia storytelling. I am currently a Junior studying advertising at the University of Oregon with an interest in strategy. I cannot wait for the adventures to come.
Hometown: Dalian, China
Master’s Student in Journalism and Media Studies
Internship: Anas Aremeyaro Anas Investigative Reporting
I completed my bachelor’s degree in finance from Hunan University in China. At School of Journalism and Communication of the University of Oregon, I am doing concurrent degrees in Journalism Professional and Media Studies. While doing the internship in Ghana, I plan to get in touch with the local people and community, observe their use of media, and do interviews for my reports and research papers. I am confident that this trip will be one of the steps to prepare me well for pursuing a research and teaching position that will be useful for many schools and students who are in need of well trained professionals with international perspectives on comparative media and communication studies.