“So what PW things have you been dabbling in during your time at MSU?”
“I’ve done a lot. Actually, I wish I would have brought my resume with me so I don’t forget something.”
Like many of our fabulous P-dubs here at MSU, English and Professional Writing junior Katlyn Lindstrom is making the most of her time here at MSU both in and outside of the classroom.
“MSU for me has to do with giving students a wide variety of opportunities and a place where they can call home,” said Lindstrom.
Such opportunities for Lindstrom currently include being the student liaison for the MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Peer Mentor and Student Ambassador programs, a member of the English recruitment taskforce, multimedia chair for Circle K, guest writer for ing Magazine, website redesign for MSU Young Authors’ Conference, editorial team member for the Red Cedar Review, and Communication Strategist for the MSU College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) through her WRA 202 class.
Because of Lindstrom’s extensive knowledge of the admission process and her passion for MSU and getting students excited about the opportunities available to them, she was hired to work with Quinn Moreno and Sarah Whitaker to research, design, and implement the College of Arts and Letter’s peer-mentor program and strengthening the student ambassador program.
Lindstrom explained, “I designed the application, I
designed the Peer Mentor contract and I have been helping with the recruitment process. I authored the content on the website for the College of Arts and Letters under ‘Advising’. Anytime you see any information about the program, I most likely wrote it…I will also be supervising the program next year and helping strengthen
the Student Ambassador program by taking what is already there and figuring out how to make it better to have student engaging with prospective students more…I will eventually be designing the handbook so I have been researching MSU brand standards…It is giving me really strong experience with finding where to go to find information and make that information accessible to people like how to tailor to a certain audience and how to collaborate with other people…It’s fun to be on the ground floor of something like that and its fun to be creating something to help make first year experiences better for College of Arts and Letters students.”
The two most professionally impacting experiences Lindstrom has had so far have involved exploring coding in both her WRA 210 course and while redesigning the Young Authors’ Conference website.
“It really gave me a lot of confidence in my abilities to make my own website and take ownership of myself and start branding myself online,” said Lindstrom about her WRA 210 course with Assistant Professor Casey McArdle, who referred her to the Young Authors’ Conference. “That was a moment of pride that he had enough faith in me to refer me even though I only had a semester’s worth of experience. [The Young Authors’ Conference] was my first experience with paid website design consulting which was really fun. I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to do more.”
Lindstrom’s passion for website and document design is equaled by her love for writing.
“I have always wanted to be a writer,” said Lindstrom. “In February, I wrote a guest article for ing Magazine and I didn’t even think it would get published. I remember when the issue finally came out, I picked up a copy thinking I didn’t make it in but when I opened it up and it was right there on page six I freaked out and called my mom because that was the first time I had ever been published. There is really no experience like seeing your name in print. It was one of the most exciting things. At that moment I was like ‘if there was any doubt that I am a writer, this moment would remind me that yes, yes I am’ because there is no feeling as good than seeing something that I wrote there for other people to read.”
Despite everything she already has on her plate, Lindstrom still made time to study away in LA this Spring Break. During which time she was shown the ins and outs of the entertainment industry through numerous networking events (including one at DreamWorks), studio visits (including trips to mOcean and MPC), and independent explorations of the city (including a “magical trip” to Disney and Universal Studios).
Read more of Lindstrom’s inspiring story and witness her endless passion and dedication to Professional Writing and English first hand by following her blog.