Student Spotlight: Rachel Beech

Rachel Beech, junior broadcast journalism majorDescribe yourself…I view myself as an extroverted, spontaneous person. I don't have too many fears, hence, the reason why I chose journalism to be my pathway of life. Helping others and making people laugh is something I strive to do often. Although I love writing and trying to learn about the legislative process, playing piano and diving into new music will always be my first love. Sorry, Clarence and Chuck.

I chose Southern Miss because…I didn't want to go to the same college as everyone else at my high school. Plain and simple. I wanted to choose a school based on my own likes and interests, (journalism and music,) so Southern Miss was a no brainer. I heard nothing but great things about the staff and student body collectively, so my decision to enroll was anything but difficult.

My favorite thing to do on campus is…I never thought I'd spill this secret! Sometimes at night, I'll sneak over to the piano labs and play for hours on end for relief. Nothing serious. It's very therapeutic, (and a nice break from the hustle of being a journalism student.)

What are some cool/fun things you’ve had a chance to experience while at Southern Miss? Being a member of the Printz Newspaper has provided opportunities I never expected prior to joining the staff. From traveling to Houston with my best friends to cover the C-USA Championship game to learning how to develop real film in the dark room at Southern Hall, I've experienced/learned things that are unique and memorable.

Being a member of Kappa Delta Sorority has aided in teaching me how to hone time management with school and each facet of life. Not to mention the incredible friends I've gained along the way.

What activities/organizations are you involved with on campus?  Although I'm a thousand miles away, I try to stay involved because I hate feeling out of touch! I'm an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority and a staff writer for the Student Printz. When I come back, I plan to pick up where I left off reporting for Southern Miss Today.

What are your greatest awards and achievements in college thus far? My greatest awards and achievements in college thus far have been gaining irreplaceable friends and professors. Southern Miss has blessed me with the most honest, sincere relationships I've ever had. That's the greatest achievement a person could ask for.

Have you completed an internship, or completed practicum work on a special project while in college? In summer of 2011, I completed an internship at WLBT News in Jackson, MS. Besides the internship I'm currently involved with, I'm completing a practicum while I'm here, too.

Why did you choose to major in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss? I've always had a curiosity for what's going on in the world. I'm that person who feels like I'm missing out on something no matter how many things are going on. Journalism is the only career path to feed my appetite for life, so I've chosen to devote myself to it wholly. Southern Miss has a fine reputation for its Mass Communication and Journalism program, so I jumped at the opportunity when applying for college.

Do you currently work? If so, where? I work in Washington, D.C. as a press secretary for the United States Senator, Roger Wicker.

When I have free time, I like to…Play piano and guitar! They are two of the greatest stress relievers in the world. I find it relieving because it's an effortless outlet. If I'm having a tough day and need to clear my mind, the piano is my go-to.

I have always wanted to…Travel Route 66. There's something magic about seeing new things and listening to music with the windows down.

My favorite hobby is…Traveling. I can't sit still, so traveling is the best remedy for that.

My dream job would be…To be a world reporter/documentarian. It would be a dream to travel the world and put together documentaries and share them with people in the U.S. I respect the bravery women reporters and documentarians possess. It would be a very fulfilling career. Hopefully I'll make that dream job happen someday.

My favorite quote is…"All men (and women!) of action are dreamers."-James Huneker

After graduation I plan to…After graduation, I plan to work as a journalist at a national or local news station. Being a fledgling journalist is all about working upward to achieve. Engaging myself in different internships and experiences has helped me realize that.

The one thing I’d like to say to students considering Southern Miss…Do not listen to anyone except your inner voice when considering which college you will attend. It's tough to focus on what you want when several other people are telling you where to go to school and what to do with your life. If you want carrots and everyone else wants peas, get your carrots and make a meal out of them. Know who you are, and if you don't: Get to know yourself. Don't worry about the judgment of others.