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Nina Coolidge

Nina Coolidge

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Major: Journalism

Post-Graduation Plans: I will be moving to DC to work for Thomson Reuters, an international business and financial news wire service. I will be working on their Equities and Company News team, writing articles that will be read around the world. 

What will you miss most about W&L?

I will miss the close relationships I have built with my professors in the Journalism school the most. I have learned a tremendous amount from them over the past four years and they have truly shaped the person I have become. I was very lucky to have such incredible mentors who pushed me to produce the best work I could while encouraging me and helping me to become the best student I could.

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

I can't believe how quickly four years here have flown by. The small community here has given me the opportunity to get involved with a variety of different programs and organizations on campus, allowing me to discover things I never thought I would be interested in. When I came to W&L, I never imagined I would be leaving four years later to pursue a career in journalism. But now, I can't imagine doing anything else.

Do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?

Study abroad! The semester I spent in Milan, Italy was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I learned a new language, traveled around Europe, and was able to become totally immersed in another culture. Whether it is for a summer, a semester or just a few weeks during Spring Term, I truly believe everyone should have the experience of living in a totally different culture than ours here at W&L.

What do you most look forward to after graduation?

This summer at Reuters I will get to work with some of the best writers and editors in the field of journalism. I can't wait to work with them and continue to build upon the knowledge I have gained here at W&L.