Hi! My name is Addi Weakley. I’m a junior at Drake University with a news major, advertising minor, music minor, and leadership concentration.
My passion for writing started when I was young. In the fifth grade, I decided to make a newspaper with my childhood best friend. We would get together every week to create a one page newspaper we would then hang by each bathroom at school. We also ran our own radio station over walkie-talkies when we would play outside.
Following my early passion for broadcasting and print journalism, I was able to act on my interests. In middle school, I joined the yearbook club, where I was later the editor during my eighth-grade year. Once I got to high school, I participated in the student publications club all four years. I had the opportunity to work on the newspaper, yearbook, and web platforms. For two years, I was the editor in chief of the yearbook.
In college, I have made quick work of being involved throughout campus. Music ensembles keep me busy, but I am also involved in the Drake Political Review, Student Activities Board, Student Alumni Association, Alpha Delta Pi, and served on my freshman and sophomore dorm RHA Executive Councils.
My favorite college experience thus far was when I studied abroad for a semester. I went to the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland. Those were the five most transformational, fun, and fulfilling months of my life. Having the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the culture was unique. All of my classes were about Ireland in some capacity, with my favorite being my Irish language class.
Part of the reason I loved studying abroad was the opportunity I had to travel by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing experiences with friends that you can talk about for years to come. However, it’s so liberating to spend time truly getting to know yourself and allowing yourself to see the world through a different lens. I cannot wait to go see the world with me, myself, and I again.
All of my interests and studies have brought me to where I am now, and I am grateful. As I look to the future, I graduate in 2021, which is coming up sooner than I would like. I would love to end up in a career as a copy writer for an advertising agency or a writer/copy editor for a magazine. For now, I’m excited to see where the wind takes me in the next year.