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Caleb Ingels

Caleb Ingels
Major: 
Broadcast Journalism
Graduation: 
Spring 2013

Caleb spent two semesters in UGS before being admitted in the College of Communications where he will be graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism this spring. As a UGS student, Caleb received crucial help from his advisor, Alexia Apollo, as he made decisions about his major and career direction.

“My advice for undecided students is to … pay attention to what makes you lean forward when you talk, and find a way to study that.”

Finding a Major
I began UT interested in architectural engineering, but the calculus classes were really hard, so I turned to writing. I love to tell stories, and that’s what journalists do.

Strategic Advising Support
My advisor, Alexia, was able to answer all my questions and helped guide me toward journalism. The information she provided was critical in me making my decisions. UGS gave me time to figure out what I wanted to study before I declared a major.

Being a Broadcast Journalism Major
I love that my homework assignments—journalism stories in written, audio (radio) or visual (both photo and video) format—allow me to explore my curiosities, get to know strangers, and tell their stories to the public. The broadcast journalism sequence at UT offers students the chance to operate very high-end broadcasting equipment, the kind of thing you would find in a real news studio. It’s great how well they prepare students for the realities of the job.

Student Organizations
I am involved in Air Force ROTC. Formerly, I was on the co-ed cheer squad for two years.

Most Rewarding Class
Honestly, it’s been the Business Foundation Program coursework series. This program has helped me gain an understanding for they way companies operate in business.

Favorite Study Spot
Currently, it’s the student lounge in the School of Social Work. Sometimes I sneak into the library in the business school.

Post Graduation Plans
I will be an air liaison officer in the Air Force. Basically, I’ll be the guy who calls in air strikes for the Army, to protect their infantry units on the front lines.

Advice for UGS Students
My advice for undecided students is to take a variety of classes that fulfill your core requirements, all the while keeping your eyes open for something you love doing. Pay attention to what makes you lean forward when you talk, and find a way to study that.