If I were to sum up my freshman year at the University of Maryland in one word, the word would be busy.
I produced videos and wrote features for The Left Bench, an award-winning campus publication. I worked for WMUC Sports, the campus radio station, handling play-by-play for men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, and lacrosse while hosting a weekly sports show. Lastly, I was a broadcaster/writer for Maryland Baseball Network, the flagship station for Terps baseball.
High school is a time to make friends, have fun, and create life-long memories, but it is also a time to put yourself in a position to succeed. The opportunities at SJR, including finding an internship, paved the way for my early college success.
In my sophomore year at SJR, I began writing for the sports column of The Guardian, eventually becoming the paper's editor-in-chief as a senior. My experience led to my passion for sports journalism, which turned into an opportunity with Pat Lanni of NJ.com through SJR's internship program. The internship helped me further hone my skills, while forming a network of connections that will yield future job offers.
None of the things I accomplished in my freshman year of college would have been possible without SJR, and I owe much of my future success to the time I spent as a Green Knight.
Malfa is a sophomore at the University of Maryland and recently secured an internship with NBC4 Washington (D.C.).