Will Peischel is a Los Angeles-born, New Jersey native who will begin his senior year in the fall as a journalism student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He hopes one day to write longform for New Yorker--or marry well. In the meantime, he scours Bandcamp for new music, exploits blue links on Wikipedia for procrastination purposes, reads David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest” at a snail’s pace, and keeps tabs on high school classmates via LinkedIn.
His other hobbies include telling himself to go running more often and finally making a French press that doesn’t disappoint his roommates.
At Cal Poly, Peischel works as a music DJ for the campus college radio station, KCPR San Luis Obispo 91.3 FM. He also works as content editor for the station’s recently-reformatted website, kcpr.org, which began publishing material this year. At the student newspaper, Mustang News, he writes articles for the Arts section.
Peischel plans to dodge inevitable existential meltdown after graduation (anticipated for spring of 2017) by moving to Europe, Philadelphia or any other place that isn’t his parents’ house.
My name is Alli Burnison and I attend Pepperdine University in the almost unbelievably idyllic city of Malibu, California. I am entering my senior year at Pepperdine as a Journalism major and an Intercultural Studies minor. My regional roots are scattered throughout the country, as I grew up in Pasadena, California, but spent middle school and high school on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and have most recently moved to Olympia, Washington. These diverse places that I have identified as “home” at various points in my life have introduced me to a large spectrum of people and experiences, and have ultimately shaped who I am today. From the South’s gift of genuine friendships and unique experiences — for example, the period of time in which my family decided to become goat-milking, horse-riding, boot-wearing agriculturalists — to the Pacific Northwest’s contribution to my appreciation of nature and greenery, I still consider Southern California to be my true home. I studied abroad my sophomore year of college in Heidelberg, Germany, giving me a burning desire to travel to unexplored environments and engage with individuals whose cultures differ from my own.
I was first introduced to my passion for expression through writing in a high school literature class, I have ever since been interested in using this discovery to shape my career path. In Malibu, I am typically found in the newsroom working as the Life & Arts Editor of the university’s newspaper publication, The Graphic, in the classroom, working in my job at a local organics store, or, most importantly, writing papers on the beach. Although the future is not perfectly clear, I hope to marry my love for writing with my love for exploration and live out my passion everyday in my career.
I (Araks Terteryan) started my journalism career back in Moscow. I spent all my school years reading Russian literature and taking piano classes. Suddenly, I discovered my passion for writing and decided to pursue my university degree in Journalism. After I visited America for the first time, I decided to launch our high school newspaper (in Russia it is not common to have a high school Newspaper). I wrote for multiple local papers and eventually was able to enter the university I aimed for. However, that same year, 4 years ago, my family decided to move to Los Angeles. I was eventually able to learn the language and continue to pursue my career in journalism. I volunteered for the Los Angeles Press Club, was a staff writer at my college newspaper, and now I am working on my bachelors degree at University of California, Irvine.
I'm majoring in Literary Journalism with a minor in International Relations. I love art, and having two cultural backgrounds added American on top, inspires me to learn about other cultures as well. My dream is to write for magazines like Los Angeles Magazine and travel the world.
Alexandra Pullen was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she began her initial ballet training at a local community center. Pullen studied at Dance Center Evanston, Evanston School of Ballet, and Chicago Ballet Arts, and the Ruth Page School of Dance, where she joined their company, the Civic Ballet of Chicago. She trained on scholarship at the Joffrey Academy of Ballet in Chicago under Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev. She toured with the Joffrey Trainees to perform as Clara in The Nutcracker Suite. She studied on scholarship at summer programs at San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Pullen competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Semi-Finals and received a gold medal in the classical category and a silver medal in the contemporary category. She was a Finalist in New York City. In September 2012, Pullen was awarded the Shoot for Change Scholarship to attend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in New York City, and joined ABT Studio Company two weeks later. Pullen joined ABT’s main company as an apprentice 2013 and was promoted to the corps de ballet in 2014. With ABT, Pullen's rep included Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Ashton's The Dream, Manon, Cinderella, Gaite Parisienne, La Bayadere, and Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita. She went on tour with ABT to destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Australia, Japan, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis. She also appears in the Misty Copeland documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale. Pullen is now with Colorado Ballet and has just completed her second season with the company, adding ballets such as La Sylphide, Concerto Barocco, Dracula, Bruch Violin Concerto, and Alice in Wonderland to her resume. She has danced many soloist roles and has guested with the company at Vail International Dance Festival. She writes for Fashiontographer, Dance Life Magazine, as well as her own blog. Pullen is a part time online student at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in English, ultimately aspiring to have a second career in journalism.
Alexa Díaz is a proud brown girl from Southern California studying design, gender and journalism in her third year at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She spends the majority of her time at school in central New York working as the managing editor in a rickety, old house on Ostrom Avenue at The Daily Orange. Aside from rushing “Delta Omega,” Díaz spends her time in classrooms discussing Latina feminist and queer theories with an emphasis on those stemming from Chicana consciousness. A lover of puns, unsweetened peach teas and punchy editorials, Díaz couldn’t be more excited to be home and spending the summer at Los Angeles.
My name is Erika Lee and I’m a junior majoring in Print and Digital Journalism and minoring in Screenwriting at University of Southern California. I’m originally from Diamond Bar — a suburb 40 minutes away from Los Angeles known for its expansive monopoly of Boba shops and SAT prep classes. I love arts and culture and am extremely passionate about feminism, Asian American rights, and the usage of the oxford comma.
When I am not having anxiety from school, I am having anxiety from working at Daily Trojan, the school newspaper, where I am currently the Opinion editor for the summer and former editor of the Lifestyle section. I am also involved in International Justice Mission, Women’s Student Assembly, and Annenberg Radio News. In my free time, I love to explore museums and flea markets.
Writing and reading are my two favorite things in the world and I hope to become a novelist/traveling journalist and spend the rest of my life telling the fascinating stories of other people. I'm currently writing a novel on mental health and love for young adults. I also am planning to study abroad in the Spring semester in London and take advantage of the weaker pound (thanks Brexit!)