Senior Jenna Michalski is currently undecided on what she will study next year at Appalachian State, but one thing she knows for sure is that photography is in her future.
“I was really into art as a kid and I think that led me to want to try photography. I got my first camera in sixth grade and I’ve been into photography ever since then,” Michalski said.
Michalski said she prefers to take photos of nature because it “helps (her) slow down and appreciate what’s around me, whether it be the way the sun shines through the trees or the flowers growing in my yard.”
Some of Michalski’s favorite photos are from a her trip to Yosemite.
“I was surrounded by a lot of beauty (in Yosemite) which was, of course, fun to taking pictures of. I try to take pictures that make the viewer feel something, which I know is cheesy, but I enjoy nature and I enjoy the ‘moments’ …and I want the viewer to feel that as well or at least be able to connect with it in some way,” Michalski said.
Appalachian State offers Michalski “one of the top commercial photography programs in the United States,” as well as an outlet for her passion for nature and environmental issues.
“(Appalachian) State is big on helping surrounding communities and sustainability which are qualities I definitely want to be a part of whichever career path I choose,” Michalski said.
Michalski’s friend of 10 years, Isabel Stutte said,“ Jenna is an incredibly faithful and encouraging friend. It’s not always easy to be there for people that way, but she manages it everyday and I admire her so much for it.”
Michalski is unsure of her academic future, but Stutte said she sees, ”(Jenna) succeeding at so many things. But I think she is especially gifted with people, and I know she’ll get to use that to be successful in so many different areas of her life.”
This will be Evelyn Trampe’s second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year. She is also a member of Quill and Scroll.