The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes, and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. This week, the conference introduces Middlebury softball student-athlete Hye-Jin Kim, who would like to become an investigative journalist.
West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South
Why did you choose to attend your institution?
I loved the idea of Vermont -- the mountains, the snow, the family farms and maple syrup. I also went to a big high school (about 450 students in my graduating class), and knew I wanted to go to a "bigger" NESCAC school. When I visited, the campus vibes were goofy and lighthearted.
What is your dream job/career? Why?
Investigative journalism at the city level! I would like to spend my career holding local governments accountable by reporting on the everyday effects of their policies. I am also intrigued by the density and diversity of cities and what that means for governance.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
I've been involved with: The Middlebury Campus, MiddView Orientation Trip Leader, French Language Table Waitress, Page One Literacy Volunteer.
What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
Living in Middlebury's award-winning 2013 solar decathlon house, InSite. Not only have I learned so much about architecture and green design, two topics that I had no experience with prior to Middlebury, but it is also an amazing space to host team events, like post-practice tea and cooking/baking!
What is your pre-game ritual?
I am not much into rituals. I might listen to some Eminem. For me, I feel like getting ready to play is more of a mindset than a series of repeated actions.
What is something most people don't know about you?
I was born in Seoul, South Korea.
What internships/research projects have you participate in? What did you learn from the experiences?
I spent last summer as an editorial intern for the San Francisco Public Press. I filed public records requests, interpreted legal jargon in city reports and summarized scientific research. I also pitched and wrote stories for the web. The work left me with a deep respect for reporting: calling up experts, asking tough questions and developing a "nose for news" to find a scoop and know how to get it. It also left me interested in covering city politics, especially holding policymakers accountable for their laws.