Name: Mariana Alfaro
College publication: The Daily Northwestern
Where I am now: Researcher at the Washington Post
I worked different jobs at the Daily Northwestern (peaking at Managing). It wasn’t just the newsroom experience I got out of it — reporting, editing, leading — but the friendships I made. Most of my friends in my life as a “real-world” adult now are kids I met at 18 in the cramped offices of our student paper. At The Daily, I networked, I got clips, I won awards, I found my voice as a reporter. But, more importantly, I met fellow reporters who are now my friends for life, because we bonded over late nights, messy corrections, bad coffee and punny ledes. I’ll forever be indebted to the Daily Northwestern for that.