Happy pi day everybody! As somebody who had one of the punniest math teachers ever for Precalculus/Trigonometry in high school (thank you for the silly turtle drawing that will never let me forget what a sinusoidal line is, Mr. Baumgartner), I feel like this is the kind of fake holiday I can get behind.
However, that’s not why we’ve gathered here today. No, we’ve gathered here because I’m ready to self-promote myself once again, this time for an article covering an event I attended yesterday.
To be completely honest, if there’s any article I’ve written that deserves a little bit of praise, it would be this one. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn or anything, but covering this as a whole was one of the hardest journalism experiences I’ve had in the six years I’ve worked as a student journalist. Not only was the subject matter fairly heavy, being a lecture about human trafficking, but also…
The entire lecture was given in Spanish.
Yeah, as someone who lives in Southern California you’d think I would be at least semi-knowledgable in the romance language nearest and dearest to us… But no, I’m the kid that decided to take three years of Chinese in high school instead.
I don’t regret that decision by any means, even if I still wouldn’t call myself fluent in the language, but it did make things substantially more difficult for me in this particular instance.
Now, just how did I get myself into a situation where I was covering an event in a language I don’t know? It’s a long story, but to put it simply a poster for the event landed in my lap at just the right moment when we needed extra content for a floundering page, and none of the promotional materials suggested it was going to be given in an entirely Spanish-speaking course.
Luckily I have some amazing friends in the newsroom that were able to help me out. In particular, our copy editor Aaron was able to swoop in and not only understand what was going on, but also help me break through a sudden bout of paralysis I had when doing interviews for the story after the lecture ended.
Seriously, without him I would’ve been screwed, and I couldn’t be happier that he was around to help and not over in New York at a conference getting buried in snow.
Plus he helped me pull the story together pretty late, and it looks way better with his contributions than it would have otherwise.
If you want to check out the article in its entirety, you can see it here. You can also check out my full archive of work for the Daily Titan over on the right!