By Desiree Williams
Katie Fletcher is a 2013 graduate of Fishers High School, where she was involved in show choir and theater. Fletcher, 23, studied journalism at Ball State University. She is a shift supervisor at Starbucks and plans to finish her journalism studies online at Arizona State.
Q: What was your favorite subject and why?
A: AP language and composition. I loved being able to write different types of prompts and compositions. A lot of people hated writing in high school, but the class taught me a lot. I also enjoyed the novels we read throughout the year. This class taught me how to better analyze different stories and improve my writing.
Q: Who has been your most influential teacher?
A: One of my favorite teachers was Mr. (Glenn) Seland, my AP literature teacher. While he helped me to improve my writing and literature perspective, he also knew how to talk to teenagers and provide guidance. He also always gave us a good laugh when we needed it.
Q: What do you miss about high school?
A: I miss Friday night Tiger football games in the student section. The games were always such a fun way to end a busy week full of assignments and tests, and to just have fun with a big group of friends. I also miss performing. Some of my best friends were made in my years of choir at FHS, so getting to perform with them at competitions, concerts, football games or any other opportunities were always amazing. On top of that, performing was always something that made me happy.
Q: Can you tell me about your collegiate experience?
A: I went to Ball State University starting fall 2013. When I started there, I was majoring in telecommunications with hopes of pursuing something involving mass media production. Then (during) my junior year, I switched my major to journalism with a minor in creative writing. I was involved with Dance Marathon for three years, all of (which time) I was part of the Morale Committee. I was also part of the Women’s Chorus and the Chamber Choir.
Q: Why did you choose that major?
A: I changed my major because I had some time between my freshman and junior year to really develop a passion and love for writing. Whether it was nonfiction, current events, poetry or creating stories, it became a very real way to share my voice and express myself, and hopefully inspire people along the way.
Q: What’s your dream job?
A: My dream job would be an opportunity to write content or blog for a magazine (or) website geared towards young 20-something’s, specifically people who have felt stuck or don’t always have a set “four-year plan.” I only attended BSU for 2 ½ years, so I definitely had moments where I didn’t know what my plan would be next.
Q: Do you have any advice for younger students?
A: My advice to younger students would be to not stress about needing to have everything figured out so fast. Don’t pressure yourself into a plan that isn’t right for you because you want that four-year plan. Above anything, just do what you’re passionate about, no matter how long it takes you to get there or figure it out. There is no time limit.