During his time at Grand Valley, the countless hours Elijah Brumback spent in the Lanthorn office writing and editing stories certainly paid off.
A journalism major, Brumback gained valuable interviewing experience during his two years at the Lanthorn, as well as serving an internship at REVUE magazine. “Getting quotes can be like pulling teeth at times,” he said. “But you learn by doing, and the Lanthorn can be like a firing range for blasting off lines of questions and seeing what works.”
Brumback noted that aside from his employment experience, Grand Valley faculty members and students also had a major impact on his success. “It’s become increasingly more apparent to me that it was the conversations with faculty and other students between classes that provided a lion’s share of the practical knowledge I put to use everyday,” he said.
After graduating from Grand Valley in December 2011, Brumback received an opportunity through REVUE to write a freelance story for MiBiz, a magazine that covers what’s happening in the business industries of West Michigan.
MiBiz was in the process of reshaping its magazine and adding new faces, and shortly after Brumback submitted his story, he was offered a job.
Brumback now serves as a staff writer for MiBiz, covering economic development, commercial real estate, and design and construction. He will likely be writing about the progress of the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, slated to open on the Allendale Campus in 2013.
“Really, I’m most grateful that I was able to have all these resources that only a university can provide at my disposal, and of course I’m proud to be an alumni now,” Brumback said.