By Kirsten Nguyen; The Whetstone
Kristen Griffith carefully chose the perfect ingredients for her burrito: brown rice, pinto beans, chicken, hot sauce, sour cream, cheese and lettuce.
“I get the same thing every time,” she said. “Sometimes I change the meat. Chicken is the cheapest and I felt like being cheap today.”
She chooses the ingredients to the stories she writes for the Whetstone just as carefully.
Griffith enjoys going out to eat, especially with co-editor of the Whetstone Brittany Wilson. After hanging out and working in the office every Tuesday and Thursday, the two escape for a change of scenery, as well as to bond over food.
Food isn’t the only thing that fills her appetite. The senior has been fulfilling her need to uncover stories since she was in high school. She started at her school newspaper and continued her passion into college as co-editor of The Whetstone.
“The Title IX story about President Clark and his time at the naval academy made the biggest impact ever,” she says. “There isn’t many of those copies even left.”
She is going to continue her education this fall at American University in Washington, D.C. in the journalism and public affairs program with a specialty in investigative journalism.
“We work with the Washington Post, even the professors there work with them,” she says.
Her goal is to land a job with the Washington Post after she finishes the 11-month program at American University.
The young journalist not only has spent her time reporting, but channeling the same energy onto the soccer field since she was five.
“I was never the best, but I worked hard,” she says
She thinks of herself as a Type-B personality: she is uninterested in activities unless she finds something that motivates her and is fun like soccer and The Whetstone.
She said that writing for The Whetstone for the past three years was a duty and a service to the students at Wesley College. Even as she continues her path as a journalist elsewhere, she wants the newspaper to continue to serve the students.
The Whetstone is not a job, she says. It’s a duty.