True Blue Awe-inspiring Alumni: Zoey Duncan
Your name, program & year of graduation
Zoey Duncan, Bachelor of Communication—Journalism ’11
Your career path in 140 character or less...
Got hired into a journalism gig after school and was laid off within a year. But “funemployment” forced me to be creative. No regrets!
What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
Discovery, collaboration, caffeine
What is MRU’s best kept secret?
The professors are great teachers. Plus, making connections with your professors during school means they'll be part of your network when you're in the labour market too. If you're planning on being employed, you'll find that very convenient.
Describe how you have made a difference in your community after graduating from MRU?
Outside the newsroom, I've used my communications degree, especially the word smithing and spell-checking, in classes and presentations. The classes, teaching the skills of comedy with my family's business ZEDS Comic Communication, bring the surprisingly practical tools of a stand-up comedian to writers, business owners and the aspiring unemployed (AKA those pursuing stand-up comedy). I've made presentations to MRU journalism classes on a variety of topics, even garnering a few laughs in a recent 8 a.m. session, and spoke to teenagers about journalism and writing as a career. I probably didn't scare them off properly, as they were very enthusiastic when I finished.
What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
Be curious and make your own way in the world. The curiosity came both from journalism and from the university's goal of turning us into people who could think and question the world we live in. MRU is an old institution but a young university. As a student during the transition from college to university, I felt like I could see all the effort that went into climbing up a rung on the ladder, from what faculty had to do to turn our courses into university-level education experiences, to the institution proving it could play with the big kids. It showed me that when opportunity isn't already there, you can make it for yourself with hard work and good teammates.
What is your claim to fame?
I was once recognized in a parking lot because of my Twitter presence. The fact I thought the moment was worth mentioning here should tell about how much fame I've got. In the years to come though, I hope any fame I garner is chalked up to my voice as a writer (engaging, clever, light on emoticons) and my ability to mix a sturdy cocktail.