E. Austin Danforth III - Editor-in-chief, UVM's The Vermont Cynic
Year: Senior, Class of 2008
Honors: Editor-in-Chief, The Vermont Cynic; Honors College; John Dewey Honors Program
NU:What does a typical day look like for you?
ED: I usually wake up around 10 a.m. And then my day always starts with a big cup of coffee – always. Beyond that? There's the usual assortment of email-checking and facebooking, classes, time at the newspaper office – usually too much time – and I keep odd hours so I start my homework and reading around 10 p.m. I'm usually asleep by 2 a.m.
NU:What activities are you involved in on campus?
ED: I am Editor-in-Chief of the student paper, The Vermont Cynic, so that takes up a lot of my time. I'm also a huge basketball and hockey fan, so you better believe I'm going to be at the games.
NU:How do you manage your time between school, extracurriculars, and a social life?
ED: If there is schoolwork of newspaper business that needs to get done...it's got to get done. That's my main operating principle. I know when things have to be done so I procrastinate and enjoy myself as much as I can until things have to get done.
NU: How did you decide what to study?
ED: It took a semester, but I figured out what I enjoyed most and decided to do that. I haven't looked back since.
NU: What advice would you give to a high school student looking to pursue higher education?
ED: Figure out what YOU want to do and go do it. Go into it ready to change, open to new perspectives, enjoy yourself, and be happy where you are. Put yourself out there and see what happens.
NU:Why did you decide to go to school in Vermont?
ED: Money was a factor, but the more I travel to see other parts of the US and the rest of the world, the more I realize how great Vermont really is and what a good decision I made. And above all it's pretty handy when it doesn' t take a day and a half to drive home.
NU: Who inspired you growing up?
ED: Anybody who could tell a good story. Sounds weird, but it's true.
NU: What was the biggest adjustment you had to make between high school and college?
ED: Learning how to be my own boss, effectively. I also had to adjust to the structure of the class: the work, the free time, the tests.
NU:What is the best part about going to school in Vermont?
ED: The landscape. It's beautiful and relaxing. When you apply yourself and put yourself out there – stay busy – things can get chaotic. Vermont is the perfect remedy for the craziness of college life.