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I am who I am because…

When I was three years old, my two brothers, twin sister, mom and I moved from Longview in East Texas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, when my parents got divorced.

Besides our mom, who was raising four children alone, my siblings and I were raised under our grandparents roof. My grandmother, who was a math teacher in her younger years, spent plenty of time at home due to illness. However, her hobbies were cooking and sewing. She made many of my clothes and award-winning Halloween costumes during elementary school. My granddad, a Texas Tech alum, was a colonel in the U.S. Army who retired and became the director of robotics at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

My grandparents taught us plenty about hard work, respect, etiquette and the morals they were raised with. Through anecdotes and lessons they showed us the value of education, and showed us not to see the world simply as black or white.

My grandmother passed away when I was 12, but she pushed the artist in me, while my granddad developed a tougher side of me. My grandmother taught me to read and write, and when I had questions she made me look them up in dictionaries or encyclopedias or books we had in our family’s library. She helped me develop my voice as a singer, rhythm as a dancer, and individuality as a performer. My granddad was the father I never had. He pushed me during workouts, gave me constructive criticism, took me to my games, and taught me a lot about toughness, mental and physical, and showing others I can not be phased.

My grandparents turned me in to a fighter and perfectionist. The writer, entertainer and intellectual world-changer I am today and strive to be in the future could never be here, especially at Tech, without them in my life growing up. They taught me the value of thinking and speaking for myself, staying true to my faith, and sticking to the path I was born to follow.

,RaShayla Daniels



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The Life in a Small town

From your typically family of four, I have divorced parents and a younger brother. My mom remarried to the man I call my father. We go to Walt Disney World every year and take family dinner on sunday’s very serious. My mom is my best friend and I seriously don’t know how I survive without her here in Lubbock with me. She’s a stay at home mom who can’t cook, don’t like to clean, and loves to attend all the events her kids are participating in. My step-dad works for Halliburton and loves his job. While he isn’t home much, he’s home for the important things and wants nothing more than to retire on a boat.


My family and I this last summer at Walt Disney World.

When I was four, we moved from Lubbock to Dumas, Texas. Tiny population of 12,000, its your typical small town. We have one wal-mart, one high school, and two water towers. Our football team sucks, our volleyball team attends the state tournament every year, and our basketball team hasn’t won a game in the last five years.

I have never spent Christmas morning in own house, having divorced parents means splitting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. When I was younger, I dreamed of becoming a Disney Princess. I figured that was the quickest and easiest way to the life of royalty. Growing up, the dream of being a princess was put to the side when I was in Houston, Texas and watched a reporter cover the news live from the rodeo. Thats when I know I wanted to go into journalism.

Now that I am 20 years old, have accomplished a dream of attending Texas Tech, I realize how I soon have to face the reality of the real word. The dream of becoming a political reporter has slowly became a reality for me. I would love to say that I will be the evening anchor for CNN  coverage of the next presidential election. But really, I just want to travel the United States for whoever will give me a job and tell people the truth about our world. And hopefully, drag my mom along for the ride.

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Alana Kiker

My name is Alana Kiker, I was born in Long Beach, California December of 1992. I spent my first year of life on the beautiful West Coast, but when I turned two my family moved to Houston, Texas for my Father’s job.

Raider Vision at Texas Tech University 2013

Raider Vision at Texas Tech University 2013

My family lived happily in Texas where I learned what a real thunderstorm was and had the hottest summers playing soccer and doing summer league swim teams. When I was going into middle school we moved again, back to Long Beach only a block away from the house my father grew up in.

My middle school years were spent at Newcomb Academy, running track, playing soccer, and playing volleyball. Soon enough I went to high school at Poly High, but only spent my freshman year before another move to The Woodlands, Texas.

I spent my sophomore through senior year at The Woodlands High School, but college could not come fast enough. I was ready for freedom and growth. My years after that I went to Texas Tech University where I grew more than I had my entire life and it happened fast. My freshman year was full of shenanigans, basking in the freedom of being 9 hours away from the parents. After that I was able to grow up a lot and add to my resume with internships, jobs, etc.

This is my senior year at Texas Tech, and I must say that I gained a lot more knowledge and experience than I thought I could hope for. My time here has been well spent, I will forever be a Red Raider.


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I grew up in Cotton Center, a small town in Texas.

My family has lived there since I was about 3 years old. Before then, it was just me and my mom.

When my dad came into the picture, our small house down the road in Hale Center just didn’t cut it. One parent was working for the Cotton Center school district and the other was working as a farm hand for a Cotton Center farmer. So we moved.

I don’t remember much from those early days. Our house was surrounded by fields and I spent most of my time outside taunting the wildlife, chasing my shadow (I’m told) and playing in the dirt. I made it about four more years until my parents gave me a sibling.

All of a sudden, my world was changed. Suddenly, I had to learn to share everything.

As I got older, I gained a few more “siblings” in school. My class of 10 students pretty much grew up together. In typical small town fashion, everybody knew everybody and we all always had company.

After graduation, we went our separate ways, but still manage to keep in touch sometimes.

My path led me to South Plains College where I earned an Associates Degree in Print Journalism. There, I became exposed to something that changed my life and led me where I am now – a newspaper.

I was always a good writer, but it wasn’t until I got to SPC that I realized I wanted to write for the purpose of informing people.

After meeting Charles Ehrenfeld and learning what it’s like to write on deadline, put a paper together and meet many new people, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

I graduated from SPC in 2011. I began my pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University.

The school wasn’t a good fit for me. My mom graduated from there in 2008, the year before I graduated high school, which was why I chose that school.

After one year, I found myself with an unpaid internship with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which eventually turned into a full-time job, and as a student at Texas Tech University.

I spent one semester at Tech before I had to take a year off to save enough money to go back.

I started Tech again in the Spring 2014 semester and I’m still here now.

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My History

My name is Sydney Webster; I am 18 years old.

I was born in Lubbock, Texas, where I have lived my entire life. My parents, Kelly and Jimmy Webster, have lived here since they were children as well, therefore Lubbock is where my family was born and raised.

I attended Waters Elementary, where my mother was a third grade math teacher. My mom taught me to read at a young age, so I had the opportunity to skip first grade. Because of this, I have been younger than the rest of my peers for my whole life.

Later, I attended Coronado High School, where I was active in sports and band. For those four years, I played volleyball and was the Feature Twirler at my high school. I am now the Feature Twirler here at Texas Tech.

Since I was younger, my goal was to be a news broadcaster for a local news station. I have been a twirler my whole life, so being in front of people or a camera does not make me nervous. Once I was accepted into Tech, I chose journalism as my major and am still hoping to achieve this goal.


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The history of Maddy McCarty

I hope it is not evident from my accent that I was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. I have sister who is 22 months older than me. My dad was a hydrographic surveyor and my mom is an elementary music teacher. When I was barely a year old, our family got the opportunity to live in England for five years. We moved back to Mississippi after those years, but moved to Houston when I was in seventh grade and my dad decided he was bored of working for the government.

I would say that I grew up in Cypress, right outside of Houston. Considering my mom, I’ve always loved singing and performing. I took dance classes for 12 years and was on the cheer team in high school. I was also involved in choir and the student newspaper staff. What I really enjoy is spending time with my friends, family and pets. My immediate family gets along extremely well, and we have many close friends who we consider family. My parents always encouraged me to follow my dreams, and supported me in my choice to go to school eight hours away at Texas Tech.

I am a journalism major at Tech and I want to be a nightly news anchor. My ultimate aspiration is to make documentaries and shows like Lisa Ling. 1013863_10152201190142674_1095115289_n

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Background Story

I was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up the majority of my life in Georgetown, Texas, which is a suburb outside of Austin. I attended Georgetown High School where I was involved in cheerleading and the high school newspaper. I graduated high school in 2012 and decided to attend Texas Tech. Spring break of my senior year of high school I went on a mission trip with my church to Poland and spring break of my freshman year I went on a mission trip to Haiti. My first semester at Tech I wrote for the Daily Toreador in the La Vida section. My sophomore year of college I was a pledge trainer for my sorority, Raider Sister’s for Christ.  I am currently chaplain of my sorority. I am a junior with a major in journalism and a minor in nutrition. My ideal job would be to write for a healthy living magazine or have a career where I could merge both my passions of journalism and nutrition.


This was me in Poland spring break of my senior year.


A Haitian child and I in the St. Mole, Haiti.

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My History

Growing up in the Texas Hill Country, in the small town of Ingram, I have a love for the country and everything it has to offer. My family has lived on our property for the past twenty-three years, a year longer than I have been alive. My parents are very hardworking individuals, as are my three siblings. I grew up playing sports; volleyball, basketball and softball. My dad coached each of my teams throughout little league and we quickly realized that softball was our sport. No matter what, we would always share a passion for the sport and he helped me become a better athlete in so many ways. In high school, I was a member of the Ingram FFA and was the chapter president for my junior and senior year. I was also a member of the Ingram varsity softball team all four years. I lettered my freshman year, the only freshman to do so, and I was immensely proud of myself for making such an accomplishment. Even though I did not continue to play softball during college, it is one of the greatest loves of my life. I was an agricultural communications major for three years at Texas Tech before realizing that I had another passion and dream I wanted to pursue: journalism and sports broadcasting. I realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my life talking about sports and what better way than to learn how to write effectively and meaningfully as a journalist. I have learned so much in the past year as a journalism major. I have found that many of my experiences as a young journalist have been very challenging, but that is exactly what I wanted when I decided to switch majors. Even though being a sports anchor for ESPN is my dream, there are so many other things I would enjoy doing that have nothing to do with sports. Journalism has taught me that there are so many things that need to be written about, and finding those things is one of the challenges that I love most.



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All about me






I grew up in a small town outside of Wichita Falls, Texas called Iowa Park. Most of my family all live in Iowa Park or Wichita Falls. I am one girl who loves to be around my family. They are people who I keep in contact with everyday. I am closest with my grandmother who is 87 years old and loves to drink wine. For those of you who know me best know I LOVE wine, red, white or pink, it doesn’t matter I will drink a glass… or the whole bottle. Another thing my family loves to do is cook. I come from a huge Cajun family. I grew up learning how to cook from my grandmother and mother. I love to cook and if I had more time I would probably cook everyday. I grew up taking dance classes and I still have a passion for dance today. Some people might not know this about me but I am a bad ass tap dancer. I think my rhythm in tap class made me into an awesome drummer. When I was in high school, I was privileged to be on an all-girl drum line. We pretty much kicked butt wherever we went. Another thing people don’t know about me is I have a passion for healthy eating and working out. This, however, has not always been the case. I decided in 2012 when I hit my highest weight I had ever been at 215 pounds it was time to make a change. I have lost a total of 70 pounds and I don’t plan on stopping. I love hearing from people who tell me I inspire them to become healthy and lose weight. I have always loved watching sports, whether it be live in person or on TV. I also am obsessed with myself so I knew being on TV is what I have always wanted to do. I hope to one day become a reporter for ESPN College Game Day. My boyfriend James and I have been together for about a year now. I love that boy with all my heart even though he gets on my nerves almost everyday. He plays football for Tech so we don’t see each other often but when we do there’s no one I would rather spend my time with.

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Lubbock or leave it

The title of the old Dixie Chick’s song is Lubbock Or Leave It, however I think it should be Lubbock and Leave It.

I was born and raised in Houston with two older brothers, two cats and two parents. Are you sensing a theme her? My dad traveled a lot, and I mean a lot, when I was younger. It was not uncommon for my mom to mention in passing that my dad was headed to Moscow or Grenich within the next couple of days.

While my mom grew up in a small town in Illinois and never spent much of her life exploring the world my dad did enough exploring for the both of them. Born in Okinawa, raised in an Air Force family and later a Navy Seaman himself, there are not many places my dad has not seen. It is his life and the experiences he had that not only pushed me to make my dreams of becoming a Middle Eastern corespondent (think journalism…print journalism) a reality but helped me to gain his approval.

It was that, that brought me to Texas Tech, a place where I could do journalism, political science and Arabic. While I am enjoying my time here and the friends that I have met, I cannot wait to leave Lubbock and put down roots in Doha.

السلام عليكم
(Peace be with you)

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