Chelsie Lacny: Reevaluating Goals and Discovering Passions

by User Not Found | Feb 20, 2015
Original: Edward Drogos July 11, 2014

“Without being able to explore other interests during my undergraduate career, I wouldn't have known what I wanted to do."

Chelsie Lacny’14 English, Intern at College News and UIC Campus Programs

Chelsie Lacny, a first-generation college student, was eager to gain valuable experience from the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Taking a variety of classes helped her realize that she wanted to write after college. "After taking three literature classes, I knew right away that I wanted to do something journalism or writing related,” said Chelsie.

Chelsie stumbled upon her first internship at an alumni panel event, where she introduced herself to David Batka, the editor of College News. "He asked me to email him with my resume and cover letter, along with a writing sample,” stated Chelsie. 

The conversation with Batka led to a summer-long internship at College News, an online news and entertainment resource for college students. The internship gave her professional experience as well as a better idea of what career path she wanted to peruse. "I found I didn’t like the immediacy of journalism," she explained. "And I don't like working under pressure.” 

Chelsie found a different internship that helped her discover her interest in project management and coordination. "I was hired as an intern for UIC Campus Programs, working with different Greek councils,” Chelsie stated. “I helped make sure that the councils were running the way that they should." 

While interning, Chelsie enrolled in the English department-based internship course to further help her professional development. English 493 offers up to six academic credit hours for students who attend a weekly class and intern at least fourteen hours per week. "Being grouped in a classroom of interns helped me because I could learn from them too," stated Chelsie.

"Looking back, if I had not had that first internship, I would still be going through life thinking that I wanted to be a journalist," Chelsie concluded. "Without being able to explore other interests during my undergraduate career, I wouldn't have known what I wanted to do."