JRN '18, Sydney Bucholtz
1.) Where do you currently work and could you describe what you do?
I am the reporter at the Lancaster-Depew Sun, a community newspaper owned by the Buffalo News. I write four stories per week about everything from local elections, to new businesses, to infrastructural changes, to upcoming events. I generate most all of my story ideas, interview people in the Town and Village of Lancaster (my editor focuses on Depew), assign photos for each article with the photography team, write everything, edit for AP Style and flow and then send them off. I like to stay up-to-date on everything happening around town to hear about tips for stories or follow up about stories I’ve already covered. No two days are ever alike! I am also now teaching journalism at Villa Maria College.
2.) What are your favorite memories of Canisius?
I had such a positive experience at Canisius. Some of my favorite nights were Griffin nights every Thursday, when we edited stories and assembled the paper together. But I also loved being a part of Little Theatre, doing the shows on- and off-stage, and the feeling of walking into the clubroom and seeing all my friends there. I genuinely loved going to class everyday and it really was such a great community for me for the three years I was there, after I transferred from Niagara after freshman year (see my Griffin piece, “Eagles Aren’t Purple”).
3.) What advice do you have for current students?
My advice for current students would be to really just enjoy the unique environment that college is and let your heart lead you to what you really want. Somebody told me when I was still at Canisius that college is really the only time you’ll be surrounded by that many peers at once, and it’s really true. College is such a great time period for exploring, and you have nothing to lose by taking a class you might be interested in, going to a club’s info-session, things like that. I realize that everyone says that, but I took it to heart, I think. I started as a Chemistry and Theatre Performance double major at Niagara… and then came to Canisius for Environmental Science before graduating with a Journalism and Psychology double major and Theatre Arts minor. I still had enough time, and as you can likely tell, I have a lot of interests. So just do it and have fun learning all that you’re interested in.
Also, make sure to always care for yourself, no matter how fast-paced things get on how little sleep or how much caffeine you think might set everything right. I found that it was easy for me to say “yes” to so many things, but it was important to also realize that making time to relax with no agenda was important. It’s totally possible to follow your heart and still make time to chill.
4.) Were you involved in any clubs or internships at Canisius?
I was! I was in Chorale (Secretary), Little Theatre (VP), The Griffin (Features Editor), Happiness in Progress, and my friends and I actually started an a capella group my senior year. I also wrote a bit for Karibu News, a multilingual newspaper geared toward the refugee population in Buffalo, and volunteered at Tifft Nature Preserve.
5.) How do you think Canisius prepared you for the real world?
Canisius really did prepare me for the real world, but in ways I didn’t entirely expect. Being involved on campus as much as I was taught me to multitask and be self-motivated. My experiences with The Griffin taught me to write like an editor, and Little Theatre helped me be comfortable anywhere. The actual classes and education itself gave me a foundation in journalism, psychology, and the arts, but I felt more that the education cultivated certain pieces of me, in general. I graduated from Canisius feeling more confident, driven, passionate, authentic and excited about my life. That was my biggest takeaway, that a person really has several options for learning the basics of education, but not many places actually transform you, and I know that’s what happened with me at Canisius.