Monday, May 13, 2013

Let passion be your guide, speaker tells UIS grads

After trying everything from English to oceanography, Kathy Best told University of Illinois Springfield graduates Saturday she finally found her calling when she discovered journalism in college.

Through strenuous times covering politics as a young reporter in Washington, D.C., she said, it was her passion for journalism that kept her career from being derailed.

Hopefully, you have found that passion, Best told the 2013 UIS graduating class during her commencement speech.

“Your passion may not take you farther than your backyard, but that’s OK,” Best said. “What’s important is that you can wake up and be excited each day.”

Best, 56, graduated from UIS, which at the time was called Sangamon State University, in 1990 with a master’s degree in public affairs reporting.

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on May 12, 2013.

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