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Mike Fahey

Mike Fahey

Hometown: Marshfield, Mass.

Major: Journalism and Sociology

Post-Graduation Plans: I will be working as a Production Assistant for the New England Sports Network in Watertown, Massachusetts. As a Production Assistant, I will have many different duties. I will be working for the network’s nightly sports program SportsDesk, writing highlights and editing video. I will spend time working for their website, as a writer, and I will also work on the Boston Red Sox Pre and Post Game shows.

What will you miss most about W&L?

There isn’t a part of W&L that I am not going to miss. But I am going to miss spending time in the Journalism School the most. The “J-School” has become a second home to me in the last four years. I will miss all of the incredible professors that have become mentors and friends. I will miss staying up all night in the Journalism Lab to prepare for a deadline. The J-School has taught me so much about what it takes to be a professional journalist. I will miss every person that I have gotten a chance to work with. 

How are you different now than you were four years ago?

I have learned more in the last four years than I ever imagined possible. I have had the most incredible experiences here. During Mock Convention, I got to meet Jesse Jackson and made it on MTV’s website in a story they did on the event. I traveled to Spain during Spring Term of my sophomore friends and I made friends that I still am close with today. I am a very different person than I was 4 years ago, when I was a naïve Yankee from Boston, who thought the only use of the word Yankee was in reference to a baseball team from New York.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?

If I could offer one piece of advice to incoming freshman it would be to take different classes and get out of your comfort zone. Some of my most memorable experiences in the classroom have been when I have taken classes that I had no prior experience in. Whether it was writing a play about a dysfunctional family for my playwriting class or learning about Japanese supernatural literature, I think people should take classes that truly interest them. That is how I feel in love with sociology, which became my other major.

What do you most look forward to after graduation?

 I am so excited to go home to Massachusetts to work at NESN. I cannot wait to start my job. I am starting the Monday after graduation. NESN is my dream job and with the Celtics in the NBA Finals and the Red Sox in the middle of their season, I can’t wait to start my job covering the teams.