I’m Anna Jensen, a sarcastic individual with a fondness for storytelling. I’m a Midwest girl — I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and go to school at Drake University, located in Des Moines Iowa.
At Drake, I’m a double major in public relations and news journalism, with a combined concentration in psychology and sociology. I have refined my interests primarily to long-form feature writing, human interest stories, and event planning + production.
I’ve held numerous leadership roles at Drake and have loved every minute of it. I’m a firm believer in extracurricular involvement; with that in mind, I’ve been eager to join as many organizations as I can that fall under the umbrella term “communications.”
My most fulfilling position — which I just transitioned out of in May — was the VP of student activities, which sits as an executive officer on the Student Senate and is the acting president of the Student Activities Board. I am a member of Public Relations Society of America, and will be a two-time peer mentor academic consultant, whose role is helping first-year’s transition to college. Formerly, I was The Times-Delphic Features editor, the associate online editor for Drake Magazine, and a PR Intern for the university.
This summer, I am a sales and events intern for Blackbird Investments, which is a real estate company in the heart of downtown Des Moines. When I start my senior year of college (yikes!) I will be working for Urban Plains — a website for my journalism capstone — and as a Meredith Apprentice. I will be creating custom online content for The Foundry. I’m moving beyond Drake and beginning the 9-5 hour work day; I’m excited to get my feet wet.
As a Type A personality, I love being busy and always having a mile long to-do list. I function best on at least two cups of coffee, and I love opening my planner to see a day chalk full of activities, meetings and class. To learn more about what my professional involvements entail, check out my LinkedIn.
My aesthetic is 1980’s newsrooms and cobblestone roads. I love Paul McCartney and Bob Woodward, two of my workaholic idols. I am more excited when I have a full email inbox than I am to receive text messages. I prefer my books as paper not digital, just as I do my newspaper. I’m slowly accepting a digital-based world and learning how to function within it. I am a quick and witty learner and never turn down an opportunity to better my journalistic skills.
When I’m not in class or at work, I can be found at a coffee shop listening to the Beatles. I spend my limited amount of free time journaling, reading and catching up on my TV shows. I have a wide range of TV shows that I follow —dramas, competition reality TV, and comedies. I have vowed that this be the year I make my audition tape to send to my hero, Jeff Probst, and hopefully be cast on the show Survivor.
I am deeply passionate about the following: the em-dash, the Cubs, and beating my mother at board games.
Thanks for checking out my website, and I hope you enjoy reading some of my work and the blog posts that act as my public journal entries. Enjoy!