Hamline University alumna Serri Graslie may have just
graduated, but she is already making headlines. During her time at Hamline,
Graslie edited the student newspaper, The Oracle, and now she has taken her
journalism skills to the next level, working side-by-side with the writers and
reporters at National Public Radio.
Graslie graduated from Hamline last
spring with a major in anthropology. She first came across the fellowship
opportunity at National Public Radio while looking online for post graduation
“The idea behind the [fellowship] program is to offer opportunities
to everyone, including non-journalists,” Graslie said. “You have to submit
something that took great effort or time on your part, and it could be a
documentary, a poem, even a musical composition. I submitted two copies of The Oracle, one before I
became part of the staff and one after I’d worked there for four
Graslie was one of just three people chosen for the Kroc
Fellowship, a year-long intensive training program intended to bring people into
the public radio system. She was chosen out of a pool of more than 250
applicants from over 150 universities in seven countries. Many of the applicants
were graduates of top Ivy League schools.
“My anthropology courses at
Hamline helped shape my world view in a positive way,” Graslie said. “It has
helped me to understand how and why people interact and to think critically. And
my advisers, David Davies and David Hudson, gave me real world advice and
encouraged me to challenge myself.”
Graslie will spend time at four of
National Public Radio’s stations this year writing, setting up interviews, and
reporting. As for what the future holds after her time at NPR is over, Graslie
says she could possibly go abroad. For the moment though, she is simply grateful
for the opportunity she has been given.
“We’ll just see what comes
along,” she said.