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A photo of Bill (my father (left)) and Josh (me (right)).

Hello! I’m Josh Cook, the V is for my middle name (Vaughn). I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois, near Rockford, before moving to Des Moines to attend Drake. I’m currently a senior, pursuing degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. I also completed the LEAD program here at Drake, concluding it with an internship abroad in Wellington, New Zealand.

I have a wide number of interests that span from sports and cars to hats and shoes to music and video games to interior design and construction. I played sports year round for the first 18 years of my life, and gained a lot from my experiences as an athlete. I am certain I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those times, the friends I made and the traits I developed. However, after destroying one of my shoulders and a knee, I am relieved to be preserving my body now and to have broadened my horizons to other interests.

In my time at Drake, I have explored a handful of these interests in the work environment. I spent my first two years working with ESPN 3 to broadcast sporting events before becoming the sports editor for the Times-Delphic (our student newspaper) during my junior year. During the summers I have bartended, interned with Habitat for Humanity, and gone to New Zealand to live on my own for six weeks for a service-learning trip.

For my senior year, I was honored to receive one of the editorial apprenticeships at Meredith Corporation. I was chosen by their AgriMedia department, where I work with agricultural publications like Living the Country Life, Successful Farming, agriculture.com, Ageless Iron Almanac and FFA New Horizons. It’s been a fun and informative journey so far, and I look forward to the rest of my year there helping out where I can and learning where I may.

School, and potential career routes, are two of the more common conversations for ice-breaking and catching up, and people always want to know one another’s dream job. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” I’m never really sure if I can answer that properly. I’m spending an awful lot of money (which I totally have no regrets about) to learn, at a fine institution, about politics and the media. I have come to understand each of these more than I thought I would in a few short years, yet there are times when I fail to fully comprehend the intertwined world I have decided to study.

The last few years of politics in America have been a show, one which has gotten outstanding ratings and has been utterly absurd. I have always had a passion for jokes, comedy and laughter, and sometimes it feels good to laugh at how absurd all of this really is to help accept it as our everyday reality. As I become more knowledgable regarding politics and media it would be a dream for me to help people understand politics more easily through comedy by doing informed political commentary.

I think having a sense of humor about things can often provide fresh, insightful points of view that make some of this more easily digestible and communicable. What I’m trying to say is, John Oliver and Trevor Noah inspire me and I think joking about serious matters may be my true calling in life. It’s just so hard to justify saying that out loud to my family and friends when I go home to visit.