Lara Korte

Start doing what you want to do now

Lara Korte, 20, is a sophomore journalism student at the University of Kansas. She was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Korte started as a news reporter for The University Daily Kansan, where she currently functions as the editor-in-chief and a news reporter at the same time. Her external reporting experience includes the Wichita Eagle and soon the Cincinnati Enquirer.

When I was in third grade, my mom told me that I could be president of the United States. At first I was really excited. A few years later, I calculated the cost of Harvard tuition. It was insane.

Writing and reporting have always been my passion. I prefer watchdog as well as investigative journalism to creative writing, which is something I did a lot when I was in high school.

There is great respect for the University of Kansas from the journalism industry. That’s why I decided to study here. A beautiful campus in Lawrence and the decent tuition were just a bonus.

Time magazine was the only subscription my parents ever purchased. There was something truly compelling about it, and I fell in love with it immediately. My dream is to be a foreign correspondent for them in the future and visit as many countries as possible.

If you are good enough in journalism they will pay you to travel - that is what drives me.

Before I even enrolled in any journalism classes at KU, I applied for a news reporter job at the UDK. During my first year, I took every possible story that came out and worked with some wonderful editors, who helped me evolve as a reporter. That led me to the editor-in-chief position. Pure hard work.

No class at KU can teach what hands-on experience like the UDK can.

There are moments when I feel like I should slow down, have a “normal” college student life and experience my youth properly. However, I don’t find going out and partying very fulfilling, and I definitely don’t want to waste my time doing that.

Nobody cares that you did well on that one paper that one time in college. Whatever you want to do in the long run, you need to start doing it now. You have to seek out those great opportunities for yourself. Otherwise you are going to be left behind.

Studying in Morocco is one of my near-future goals. They have a very interesting journalism program there.

You can sit in a cubicle and make a million dollars a year or you can make $30,000 and travel around the world doing the job you love. 


Maria-Anna Omoscharka is a graduate journalism student from the Czech Republic. She currently functions as the editor-in-chief of Style on the Hill, a student-run fashion and lifestyle magazine at KU. Her areas of interest are women's periodicals and the digitalization of their content. After graduation, Omoscharka plans to return to the Czech Republic and continue her career in magazine publishing.