Junior Hailey Hendricks has worked as the arts and entertainment editor to report the amazing ways in which the arts have thrived through recent changes in the world and society around us.
Hendricks recently got involved in The Echo this fall 2020 semester, but has navigated the waters as the section editor and has proven to be a great contribution to the paper.
From capturing where art and entertainment is heading from reviewing new movies and upcoming artists, virtual talks on art exhibits, and accomplishments of an outdoor theater production, the editor role that Hendricks plays is always exciting because it works as a tool to “unify the voices” of art everywhere across campus.
A passion for writing has benefited Hendricks as an editor, but has also been a tool that plays into her own personal career journey.
Originally, Hendricks was interested in studying law, drawn in by the focus and characteristic of helping others, but paired with her love for kids and reading, she now aspires to be a middle school English teacher.
Hendricks is confident in her future career since leading and engaging with students brings her great fulfillment.
“People spark joy for me, so I want to be able to pour that same joy into my students, and I think that’s where Gods leading me,” stated Hendricks.
In reflection of her time at Taylor, Hendricks said she has seen herself grow in her faith through merging her education and teaching with her spiritual life.
Along with this valuable perspective of teaching, Hendricks has been inspired by the educators she has met who have come from a background or experience in a teaching position of a special needs area.
Exposure to this reality has left Hendricks with a longing for engagement in these areas. She feels called to pour back into the communities that are in need of better educational opportunities from the actual quality of education that students are receiving, to the investment in students.
Moving forward as the arts and entertainment editor, Hendricks is thinking about doing top media picks, movies and songs.
“It's really fun to feature how we see art changing, because in such a time of uncertainty, I (am) very surprised to see so much art still happening and it's really cool to see people getting to express themselves,” Hendricks said. “Expression is what the essence of a human is in general.”
Hendricks has found great value in her time working for The Echo and speaks of the value in the work they do.
“If you're searching for an outlet to explore what it means to be a person more, and explore the things around you, The Echo helps with that so much and allows us as individuals to take a look at what's going on and process it” said Hendricks.