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Learning the Foundation for a Solid Future

  • Class: Intro to Business - Viking Explorers 4
  • Educator: Lisa Parker
  • Home Base: Vanden High School

My Roadmap

I mashed up my Interests to direct me down my own road. Take the Roadmap quiz for yourself!


Being Physically Acive

My Roadmap

Environment & Nature




Learning and Being Challenged



My Roadmap


My Manifesto

My Manifesto

To be interested in a volatile industry may be a big deterrent to most people. But at the end of the day, being happy and doing what you really aspire to do is far more important than security. We may hear all the time that it's too risky, it's not going to work out, but at the end of the day, if you put in the work, get yourself out there, and make the right choices, then you can make it down any path you desire.

Leader Interview

Cathrine Costa Jones

Music Journalist

She writes for music publications about artists.

What type of route did this leader take?

  • It was straightforward

    "It was straightforward."

  • It was windy

    "It took a while to figure out."

  • It was circuitous

    "I tried everything."

Leader's Work Life

When working for a newspaper, typically she would be pitching ideas hoping they are greenlit, writing blurbs, attending meetings, free writing about things she is interested in, and bits of busy work.

Leader's Noise

A career in the field of journalism is incredibly volatile. The industry has been turned up on it's head, especially as of late, and only continues to become more and more unstable. People are getting laid off right and left and entire newsrooms are being eliminated.

Roadtrip Nation RV

Advice from my Leader

The best way to have stability is to have a good career and write on the side, but a lot of writers decide to forgo stability to do what they love. When you’re young you have ample opportunities to figure out what works best for you, and if you work hard enough at it, a full-time career in media that pays well and gives you insurance is absolutely out there for you. We’re also in a turning point where people will find new ways of making media, new companies will spring up, people will start paying for subscriptions again on platforms like Patreon, and more importantly, new, wonderful music will continue to be made and there will always be people wanting to read about it. Take care of yourself, make money however you can, be persistent, and if it’s still what you want to do, you’ll make it work.

My Cold-Calls

My Cold-Calls

In making cold calls, I learned that it's most important to stay patient and persistent. People always have things going on, and if they are not able to help you right away give it a bit of time and come back to them.

Before and After


Before my leader interview I thought that there was more focus on the craft to be in a successful, position, but now I realize that the hard part has nothing to do with writing.