Who: Natasha Chen
Year Graduated: 2002
Where are you now?
I’m a news reporter for WREG-TV, which is the CBS affiliate in Memphis, TN. Never thought I’d be in the South, but I move around a lot for my job. I’ve ended up learning so much about other parts of the country!
What do you enjoy?
When I was at Stanford, I joined and directed an a cappella group, which reminded me how much I love singing. I don’t do that as much anymore, but I should! Nowadays I like going out to restaurants with friends and trying new cuisines. I also like going to see theatre.
What did you do in high school?
Speaking of theatre, I did some shows with Brad Friedman back in high school. I was senior class president (just had our 10-year reunion!), and for one semester I was head of UASB, the Union of Associated Student Bodies. I played tennis and badminton, started my own club to promote cancer awareness, litigated through four years of Mock Trial, and dabbled in French Club, Asian Club, Math Team, and Interact Club.
What are you doing now?
I’m a news reporter, and I was just nominated for a regional Emmy! To get to this point, I studied psychology at Stanford, got a masters in broadcast journalism at USC, and started out as a reporter in small-town Texas. Now I’m in Memphis, and I cover politics, education, the local economy…and I do some consumer advocacy stories as well.
What surprised you about life after high school?
There are incredibly talented people beyond San Mateo, who have different life experiences and perspectives than what you’re used to. Getting to know what they do well and how they do it only makes you a stronger learner. It can sometimes be difficult to debate issues or solve problems when others see things so differently, but keep in mind most of the world does not look like California. That can be a good or bad thing. Be proud of where you’re from, but keep an open mind.
Words of Wisdom for current Bearcats?
It gets better. Make sure you find the right fit for college. College is where you find the people who truly share your interests and skills. You can still keep in touch with high school friends, but you’ll make new connections and develop new interests. When everyone gets older, they also learn for the most part, to treat each other better. So if you’ve ever been picked on, or feel alone, continue to treat yourself and others with respect. That respect will come back to you.
You can see some of Natasha’s amazing work at: http://natashachen.wordpress.com/
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