Author Celeste Alvarez

Celeste Alvarez

I was raised in the small multi-cultured community of Brawley, California, 30 minutes outside Mexico. As the only daughter and the youngest of three, I was always encouraged to express myself. At a young age I discovered the power one’s voice could have on individuals, however it wasn’t until I entered Ms. Gina Germani’s Journalism101 course, at the Imperial Valley College, did I come to appreciate this idea. During the course of the semester I awoke to a world beyond Brawley, to a place where millions of individuals all across the world shared their own voice, their own opinion, their own story. The idea of helping those individuals share their stories with the world immediately appealed to me. I had fallen in love with journalism. Since my self-discovery I have interned at my local region’s newspaper, The Imperial Valley Press and have had the honor of having a class article published by Borderzine.com, Imperial Valley supports soldiers in annual “Treats for the Troops.” During my internship I have had the opportunity to take on nationwide issues affecting the local community, localize state issues, and announce community advancement efforts. On May 4th, I was recognized for my work in both the Journalism department and the Work Experience, internship department of IVC and was awarded two certificates for outstanding scholastic accomplishment. I hope to attend the University of Southern California of Annenberg Schools for Communication & Journalism in the fall of 2013 and continue pursuing my goal of becoming a foreign correspondent.