“I have a jersey and everything,” says Edwin. (But please, call him Eddie; Edwin is for the byline.) “It’s my number from high school, so I knew it was going to be a good time from there on.”
Eddie, a Coney Island resident and rising senior at Northwestern, always knew he wanted to be a writer, but he also knew he didn’t want to be a struggling writer — just one reason he decided to transition his focus from poetry and fiction-writing to journalism.
“I decided to pursue magazine journalism because it allows me to combine creative feature-writing with telling true stories. The enticing part of storytelling is not the hard news; it’s bringing a story to life and teaching the reader something about life.”
At his college newspaper, North by Northwestern, Eddie has held a number of positions, including interactive producer, managing editor and associate editor. He also snagged an internship with the New York Daily news last summer, and he spent this past spring semester reporting on national security in Washington, D.C. through Medill on the Hill. Eddie has two SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards under his belt, including one National Winner.
Outside of journalistic activities, however, Eddie insists that he’s just an average Joe; he enjoys playing and watching sports and hanging out with friends and family.
“Anything that’s happened to me over the past year, I attribute to luck,” Eddie says, reciting a mantra he learned from a JV basketball coach: “The harder you work, the more luck you’ll have.”
He plans to stick to this idea, combining hard work with genuine passion for his craft in order to pursue a career in feature writing and editing. “Hopefully, the harder I work, the more luck will come my way.”
By Taysha Murtaugh, ASME Intern, InStyle