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Matt Demirs ’18
As The Stentor’s first issue is set to release soon, the editor in chief, Matt Demirs ’18, reflects on his time at Lake Forest College and how it has led to his passion for news reporting, a passion he fed through an internship at his hometown newspaper over the summer.
“I realized how different it is to write in journalism and reporting and how you tell stories in everyday life when you see it from a new lens,” he said. Demirs plans this year to provide a space for enthusiastic writers to tell stories in the student newspaper and hopes to spread The Stentor’s reach into the Lake Forest community itself by potentially providing the newspaper to local stores and businesses.
Q: What drew you to Lake Forest College?
A: It’s kind of funny. I signed up to learn about every college under the sun because I was interested, but I was going through my junk email box one day and I saw a letter from the swim coach saying, “Hey, this is Lake Forest College, and you should come check it out.” I had never even heard of the college before. I moved the email to my regular inbox and reached out to him. I came and saw the campus a few months later, which was awesome. I met some nice people here who made me feel like I could make this place a home and be comfortable here. That made the transition from high school to college easier because I knew that this was a great place.
Q: What experiences have you had here—besides your classes—that have helped prepare you for your future career?
A: I think the Career Advancement Center is very helpful. I also had to create a Forester game plan, which is for student-athletes so they can meet with career advisors at the Career Advancement Center on campus every year. These advisors make sure you are on the right pathway. Student-athletes here have to go meet with their career advisors twice a year and the advisor helps guide you in what you’re thinking or they help you go find things that interest you. Also, the professors here are great to talk to and they are well-versed in their respective fields. Anytime you can pick their brain helps you get further ahead.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I hang out with my friends a lot. I visit new places or I try to go see new shows. I read the news and take pictures. I like to explore, go on new adventures, find new things, and meet new people.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I always wanted to be a graduate assistant dive coach so I could go to graduate school. However, I don’t think I want to go to graduate school yet because I’m eager to work and use my knowledge. I want to see how life maps out for me before I go and seek more education. I’m thinking about being a journalist or a writer of some sort, like a grant writer.
Q: Any advice for new students?
A: Find good friends who you can be yourself around.
Q: Parting words:
A: If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.
– By Tracy Koenn ’18