By Amelia Kibbe '17
March 17, 2016
Junior Lian Bunny said she often jokes to her friends and professors that she wants to become a full-time student for a career because of her continual desire to learn.
And, according to Bunny, that’s why she chose to major in journalism and mass communication when she came to St. Bonaventure nearly three years ago.
“Journalism allows me to continue to learn—whether it’s about politics, news, events or simply people in general,” Bunny, a Tonawanda native, said. “I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I firmly believe everyone has a unique point of view and a story to be told.”
Bunny’s own Bonaventure story began when she finally agreed to visit the university at the urging of her father. On that first visit to campus, she said, all her resistance disappeared, and she enjoyed the campus and her discussions with professors and students.
Although she described her first few weeks as a freshman as a touch nerve-wracking, Bunny said she soon found her place in the Bonaventure community.
One of those places was in the newsroom of the student-run newspaper, The Bona Venture. In her first few weeks as a freshman, she joined the paper as a news staff writer, and when she returned to St. Bonaventure after the semester break, she became a member of the editorial board.
Over the next four semesters, she worked her way through the news section, from news assistant editor, to news assignment editor and to news editor. Currently, she serves as both the photo and an associate editor for the paper.
“The BV has become like a second family to me,” Bunny said. “Being on The BV has taught me a lot about journalism. It taught me how to write on deadline, do layout, work as part of a team, work with staffers, handle pressure and get a feel for a real newsroom.”
She added it’s these skills that have helped her obtain internships outside of the Bona Bubble. In the past three years, she has interned for media organizations such as The Hamburg Sun, TCT Television and the university’s communications offices.
Two summers ago, she interned with National Public Radio’s Buffalo station, WBFO, and last fall the Buffalo Bills hired Bunny as a photo editor, a job in which she assisted the team’s official photographer. This summer, she will head to Phoenix, Arizona, interning for a national News21 program at Arizona State University. Bunny was selected among top journalism students in the nation for a position in the program.
According to Bunny, it’s thanks to the journalism professors that she has gained the newsroom experience she has.
“This school really is like a family. I would like to thank the journalism faculty. I always know I can go up to Murphy’s second floor and talk to practically anyone with an open door,” she said, referring to the John J. Murphy Professional Building, which houses the journalism department.
Carole McNall, an assistant professor in the school of journalism and mass communication, said Bunny, through her excellent work ethic, has positioned herself well for the job market when she graduates.
“Lian has definitely taken advantage of the opportunities available at Bonas and though suggestions of people here,” McNall, who also serves as the advisor to The Bona Venture, said. “I think her biggest problem in where she heads is deciding which part(s) of the field she wants to pursue right out of school. She's skilled in several areas, which can make deciding somewhat more difficult. I'd urge her to keep in mind that her first choice of post-college direction isn't set in stone -- she's certainly capable of going in a different direction if she needs or wants to do so.”
When she’s not busy writing, photographing or visiting second Murphy, Bunny said she spends most of her time with the group of friends she’s come to love over the past three years.
“As a junior, my love for Bonaventure has only grown…” she said. “I’ve made amazing friends… having my friends all live on the same campus at Bonaventure makes even the seemingly small activities a lot of fun.”
And she has one more year of college memories before she graduates in May 2017 with an honors degree.
“College in general is as good as you make it,” she said. “But Bonaventure literally has everything you could need; you just have to use it. Make the most out of your Bonaventure experience. You won’t regret it."
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