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Caleb Ingels
Graduation: Spring 2013

Why Journalism?

I began UT interested in architectural engineering, but the calculus classes were really hard, so I turned to writing. I love to tell stories, and that's what journalists do.

Advice for undeclared students: My advice for undecided students is to take a variety of classes that fulfill your core requirements, all the while keeping your eyes open for something you love doing. Pay attention to what makes you lean forward when you talk, and find a way to study that.

Finding Your Major

Initial career dream: I was initially interested in architectural engineering.

Influences: My advisor, Alexia Apollo, was able to answer all my questions and helped guide me toward journalism. The information she provided was critical in me making my decisions. UGS gave me time to figure out what I wanted to study before I declared a major.

The Highlights

Favorite advisor/staff member: Alexia Apollo

Most rewarding class: It's been the Business Foundation Program coursework series. This program has helped me gain an understanding for they way companies o

Best thing about your major: I love that my homework assignments—journalism stories in written, audio (radio) or visual (both photo and video) format—allow me to explore my curiosities, get to know strangers, and tell their stories to the public.

Reality Check

Most surprising thing about your major: The broadcast journalism sequence at UT offers students the chance to operate very high-end broadcasting equipment, the kind of thing you would find in a real news studio. It's great how well they prepare students for the realities of the job.

One roadbump: While I was originally pursuing architectural engineering (before I turned to journalism), I had difficulty getting into basic engineering classes because I wasn't enrolled in the engineering school.

Outside the Classroom

Clubs and organizations: I am involved in Air Force ROTC. Formerly, I was on the co-ed cheer squad for two years.

Career interests: I will be an air liaison officer in the Air Force. Basically, I'll be the guy who calls in air strikes for the Army, to protect their infantry units on the front lines.