Meet the Writers

SOPHIA MOLINAR

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Sophia Molinar

I am a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying journalism with an emphasis in broadcast. As a Carlsbad, California native who grew up living five minutes from the beach, moving to Arizona has been an interesting transition and finding pieces of nature to escape the city life of Phoenix lead me to Camelback Mountain. This was my first time hiking without a view of the ocean (if you ever find yourself near Carlsbad, I highly recommend hiking Torrey Pines) but the view of the city from the top of Camelback was beautiful in its own right. I love coffee, fish tacos from El Pueblo, and the beach. The Arizona sunshine is tiding me over until I return home, but the coffee and local cafés of Downtown Phoenix cannot be beat.

ALEXANDRA WOLFE

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Alexandra Wolfe

I am a freshman studying journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I grew up up in a town just a quick drive from Boston, Massachusetts, so needless to say Arizona is quite the change. While I do miss living in a coastal state, I have found a home in Phoenix and fallen in love with the nature and wildlife this state offers that I haven’t been able to experience before. The Desert Botanical Garden is one of those places that I was able to see the vibrancy and beauty that exists in the desert, from the garden’s extensive collection of cacti to its gardens of bright flowers. Although I’m not as close to the water (and snow) as I was growing up, the haven’t minded the trade-off one bit.

 

BAYNE FRONEY

Bayne Froney

I am a freshman at Arizona State University studying Journalism with an emphasis in broadcast along with Supply Chain Management. I am from Livonia, Michigan and grew up on the lake. The Arizona desert life is a big change from having all five great lakes just a drive away, but the warm sunshine and beautiful nature has grown on me. I also lived in Shanghai, China for three years, where I discovered my love for nature, culture, and story telling. Growing up I loved playing with insects and animals in my backyard, so after I moved here, I knew I had to visit the Butterfly Wonderland. It was an incredible experience and made me feel like I was back home again. My freshman year at the Cronkite School has taught me so much, and I look forward to learning more and adventuring the state of Arizona.

ALAYNA O’KEEFE

Alayna O’Keefe

I am a freshman at Arizona State University majoring in journalism and minoring in global studies. I’m from Swampscott, Massachusetts, a small beach town just 20 minutes north of Boston. Moving to Phoenix, Arizona was definitely a big change from living in a small town surrounded by the ocean, but I don’t regret my decision to move across country in the slightest. Growing up, I was immersed not only in my American culture, but my Greek culture as well. Experiencing two different cultures and having the opportunity to travel outside the United States has led me to develop a love for culture and people. Ro Ho En, the Japanese Friendship Garden, here in Phoenix immediately sparked my interest as I was drawn to the cultural element of the location. The variety of cultural experiences Phoenix, or Arizona in general, has to offer is endless. Living here for the next three years I’m excited to enhance my knowledge of the journalism world and culture.