Allison Hidinger

I’m Allison Hidinger and I am from Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory. I know it’s pretty unique, and I absolutely adore being from there – it’s awesome, beautiful, and a great place to grow up.
As for why I want to be a journalist, well, I don’t always know if I even want to be one or not. But the things I love most about the journalism program so far are that there is never a dull moment, there is always someone interesting to talk to, and there is always something new to learn.
My favourite book is probably Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. To procrastinate, I sometimes read things other than my textbooks, spend hours on iTunes listening to new music, or grab my friends and just hang out. And then of course there are the normal distractions: Facebook, Twitter, email, and all of those other things.
In terms of quotes to live by, I have a book full of them. But one of my favourites is 1 John 3:16: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” My main goal in life is to follow the example that Jesus lived out, and have a personal relationship with him. This quote is just one part of that, I guess.
I have basically no plans for after graduation. I’d love to see as much of the world as possible, whether that be through journalism or missions trips or just travelling. Whatever I end up doing is really all up to God though, so I don’t worry about it too much.
My favourite journalism moment so far would have to be our first newsroom and being the editor-in-chief of the first edition of The Pulse. I love being in charge, making decisions, and bossing people around – much to my teammates’ dismay, I’m sure. But it was such a fun experience, and a great peek into what the future might hold. On a similar note, my hardest lesson learned is probably that I do have to start at the bottom, with the basics, and work my way up. I sometimes forget that I still have a lot to learn before I get to the top. And I have no idea where that learning will take me, so I don’t really know my ideal place to work as of yet. But I wouldn’t turn down being the travelling editor-in-chief of National Geographic, I suppose.

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