PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Editorial Apprentice, Meredith Xcelerated Marketing; Editorial Intern, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine; Editorial Intern, Ladies’ Home Journal; Contributing Writer, MSP Weddings; Associate Editor and Assistant Editor, Drake Magazine; Staff Writer, Urban Plains magazine; Contributing Writer, Think magazine; Freelance Research Assistant, Twin Cities Business
DREAM JOB: Managing Editor at Entertainment Weekly or Editor-in-Chief at New York
TWITTER HANDLE: @nelson_jeff
IF YOU COULD INTERVIEW ONE PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE? There’s no way I could choose one person, but here’s my short list: Lady Gaga because she fascinates me. I’m a huge fan of her music, but she’s such an inspiration as a philanthropist and activist, and I have mad respect for her. J.K. Rowling because my childhood would never have been the same. And Ke$ha because we’ll be best friends.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: I started as a blogger for DrakeMag Online and writer for the print edition. Sophomore year, I was a Section Editor for the print edition of DrakeMag. Previous journalism experience includes reporting for The Times-Delphic and holding several public relations internships.
DREAM JOB: Public Relations Manager for a company or public relations agency
TWITTER HANDLE: @paigezidek
FUN FACT: Remember the TV show “Gilmore Girls”? Stars Hollow’s own bad boy, Jess (played by Milo Ventimiglia) is my third cousin!
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Drake Magazine Assistant Editor; Seventeen magazine Freshman 15 blogger; Meredith Special Interest Media Copy-Flow Coordinator; Naperville Magazine editorial intern
DREAM JOB: Editor for a weddings magazine
TWITTER HANDLE: @kdoherty25
FUN FACT: Favorite game: My roommates and I love the board game Barbie Queen of the Prom (although sometimes we call it Barbie Drunk Slut of the Prom). It’s terribly sexist and there is no strategy involved whatsoever, but we’re obsessed. We have a paper crown that the winner gets to wear. I always win. Always.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper, The Express
DREAM JOB: I would love to write for a newsmagazine like TIME after graduation.
TWITTER HANDLE: @Linley21024
FUN FACT: I have a twin.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Graphic designer, staff photographer
DREAM JOB: Wildlife photographer
TWITTER HANDLE: @elyssayesnes
FUN FACT: I do not own a hairbrush.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: On campus: Designer for DrakeMag for two years; design editor for The Times Delphic Relays Edition in 2012 and a graphic designer for Man Up, the senior capstone magazine in Fall 2012. Off campus: Marketing and Communication intern at Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa in the summer of 2012; current Design Apprentice at Meredith Corporation.
DREAM JOB: Art Director for…any magazine, really.
TWITTER HANDLE: @mckenziejo09
FUN FACT: There are two things in life that literally make me want to vomit: cotton balls and fish.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: I have written for DrakeMag Online in the past, but this is my first year designing. Currently, I also work as a design intern in the brand-licensing department at Meredith Corporation.
DREAM JOB: Television screenwriter
TWITTER HANDLE: @rachelweeks5
FUN FACT: If I were a character on a TV show, I’d want to be Liz Lemon on “30 Rock.” She works in the television industry. She makes me laugh. And she knows the value of a good sandwich. Also, Tina Fey is fantastic.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Graphic design internships at Southeast Missourian newspaper and Bold Marketing
DREAM JOB: To work for Nylon magazine, or to be Anna Wintour…I’d settle for either.
TWITTER HANDLE: @SusannaHayward
FUN FACT: Favorite movie and why: 500 Days of Summer, why? Joseph Gordon-Levitt. No further explanation necessary.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: I freelance and have designed for various organizations on Drake’s campus and have been doing a lot of branding. I also sell art!
DREAM JOB: I don’t have a dream “job” necessarily, but I have an idea of what I want to do with my life and what I love. I would love to do anything that combines my love of art and design. Ideally, I would like to own an art and design studio, creating experimental designs that are cross disciplinary (and actually make somewhat of a living doing it).
TWITTER HANDLE: @NicoleDyar
FUN FACT: I’m the biggest typography snob.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: In high school I was on yearbook staff and became Co-editor-in-chief my senior year. I was a designer for Drake Magazine last year and this past semester I was also a Graphic Design Co-chair for the Student Activities Board.
DREAM JOB: Children’s book illustrator
FUN FACT: I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy, next semester as well as interning with a professional graphic designer there.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Yearbook public relations rep
DREAM JOB: Traveling photojournalist
TWITTER HANDLE: @MorganCannata
FUN FACT: My favorite movie is Despicable Me because I love the minions.
NAME: Ben Curtis // HOMETOWN: Lake Zurich, Ill. // POSITION: Photo Editor
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Photography Intern at Drake Marketing and Communications
DREAM JOB: National Geographic
TWITTER HANDLE: @ben_curtis23
FUN FACT: Identical twin!