By Julianna Montoya
Pulse Staff Editor
The March 2017 issue of The Pulse is the seventy-fifth issue published since the Fall of 1998. We asked former reporters and editors to let us know where they are now, their favorite Palo Alto memories, and what advice they would give to current students.
Yvonne Zamora Byrd, a Palo Alto student from Fall ’08 to Spring ’10, received her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
“While being a Pulse reporter, I got my first taste of what it was like to interview someone. At first I was nervous, but I learned that as long as you’re prepared as an interviewer, you’ve done your research and have your questions ready, then you should be good to go,” Byrd wrote.
Initially Byrd wanted to pursue a career in the news industry, but she realized the intense schedule of constant work wasn’t for her. Her work has been published in several media outlets, including the San Antonio Express-News, and her photography work can be found online at mySA.com. Now as a communications specialist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, she writes stories, makes videos, and photographs scholarship recipients and the donors who are helping to make great things happen at the university.
“I get paid to do what I love,” wrote Byrd. “I get to talk to people and document and share their stories. Because of the career path I decided to pursue, I’ve met lots of interesting folks, and I’ve been able to go to places I would have never been able to go before.”
Don’t be scared to ask questions, whether it’s in the classroom or in an interview! And, of course, always apply to internships and scholarships!