The Journalist: Meet Shi Almont ’19

Shi Almont

Shi Almont is an English and journalism major from Renner, South Dakota.

Q. What inspired you to pursue journalism?

A. I always knew I would study literature and writing in college, but I wasn’t sure exactly which academic path these passions would take me. It wasn’t until my junior year, when I started working for Augie’s yearbook, the Edda, that I discovered how much I love journalism. I love interviewing people and telling their stories, and I love photojournalism and capturing life on campus with a camera. Journalism introduced me to a new form of writing and storytelling, and I love it.

Q. You worked on Venture, Augustana’s literary and artistic magazine. Can you share what it’s been like to work on this project and what kinds of skills you’ve learned through the experience? Also, can you describe this year’s magazine — what kinds of pieces are included?

A. Serving as the editor of Venture has been an awesome experience. I’ve been able to hone my design and editorial skills — skills that will be useful for the kind of career I hope to attain in the future. The magazine also showcases the talents of my peers, giving them the opportunity to have their short stories, poems, short plays, photography, and artwork published. Being able to make that happen was even more rewarding than my own personal development.

Q. What’s your dream job after graduation?

A. I hope to someday work and write for a publication of some sort — maybe a magazine. While I’m not sure the exact career path I’ll be taking after graduation, I know what my passions are. I also know that my experiences at Augie have prepared me to pursue these passions.

Q. Favorite class so far, and why?

A. My favorite class so far is Dr. Darcie Rives-East’s English seminar “Critical Theory and Popular Culture.” We studied literature, films, television and other popular texts through the lenses of different literary critics and theorists. It was a mix of literary, cultural and gender studies. It was incredibly interesting.

Q. Favorite professor and why?

A. My favorite professor is definitely Darcie Rives-East. She’s brilliant, she’s quirky, and she’s shamelessly geeky in all the best ways possible. Her Dr. Who sweaters and ability to connect every classic novel to Star Trek or Sherlock Holmes reveal all of these wonderful qualities. Her seminars are always uniquely focused and never boring. She’s also my English advisor. Whether my questions are about academics or life in general, she always has helpful answers.

Q. Some call it the liberal arts, others call it 21st century skills. At Augustana, students come away with far more than just “career training” — they know how to communicate effectively, think critically, analyze and interpret data, think with a global perspective, embrace change, think strategically and operate with integrity. Can you share how the liberal arts at AU has equipped you with 21st century skills you’ll use both in your career and in your personal life?

A. Through Augie’s liberal arts curriculum, I’ve been exposed to a variety of areas of knowledge. I feel that I’ve developed a broader understanding of the people and the world around me that are both diverse and constantly changing. I’ve also learned skills that will be useful during my journey after college as I take on our ever-changing world.

Q. Best Augie memory so far, and why?

A. My best memory was the first day of my freshman year. While I’ve had a lot of awesome memories since then, the first day of school was the day I met some of my best friends. All five of us were in the same Welcome Week group, and now, a couple years later, most of us are living in a house together. I think we knew in that first week of school that we had found people who would become some of the most important in our college lives, and I’m glad we did. I call them my little friend family.