The Western Carolinian is an organization filled with many diverse faces. One of those faces is managing editor Christina Worth. Originally from Delaware, Worth, who is in her senior year, visited Western Carolina University her junior year of high school and fell in love with the area. Western Carolina became her first choice for her psychology major and all she needed to do was get accepted. When she received her acceptance letter, she was ecstatic.
Worth stated, “when it came time to start my freshman year here, I was worried about being so far from home. Even after my parents told me that I could take a year off and decide where I wanted to go later, I still decided to stay at WCU.”
Worth eventually took her parents’ advice and took a year off from Western Carolina during her sophomore year. She returned in the Fall 2016 semester, after visiting friends during spring break and realizing how much she missed the mountains and the campus.
Before returning to Western Carolina, Worth knew that she wanted to find a job and become more involved on campus, already being a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She came across a job posting for the junior editor position of The Western Carolinian on JobCat. She wanted to join because of her love for reading and writing, so she quickly applied.
Worth remained a junior editor until the end of the semester, when she was offered the position of managing editor. This new position allows her to communicate with not only Western Carolina, but the surrounding communities, as well.
She stated, “Emily [Editor-in-Chief] approached me at the end of fall semester to offer me the position of managing editor. I was elated that I was being offered the position and was excited to see what skills I could apply and learn from the position!”
Working for the paper has taught Worth many things. She has been able to learn editing and writing skills, as well as communication skills that will certainly aid her future career. It has also helped improve her interviewing skills and the ability to learn from other people.
“One thing I love about my job is the ability to meet new people and learn through their perspective and experiences. I think one of the best ways to learn is by considering ideas you had never considered before, and learning through a viewpoint that differs from your own,” said Worth. “I don’t think anyone will ever be done learning, but I think that everyone has something they can teach someone else.”
After graduating, Worth hopes to either begin working towards a graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or begin her professional career. She is currently contemplating the possibility of both routes.