AWSM’s monthly newsletter will include a Q&A with one of our student chapter presidents. We are featuring the University of Oregon’s Gabby Urenda for November.
Hometown: Salem, Oregon
Minor: Women and Gender Studies
Other activities/interests: Volunteering for the Women’s Center on campus, CrossFit, running and playing with my dogs.
What do you do in your role as chapter president?
I deal with the more big-picture stuff associated with the chapter. For example, I make sure all of the board members have an event they are working on and help them along the way. I also try to delegate smaller tasks to my vice president so we are all working on bettering the chapter.
What have you gained or learned through AWSM?
I have gained incredible leadership skills. I am able to quickly jump in and delegate tasks in a group project or become a hard-working team member to get anything done. AWSM has also taught me that anything is possible. I can set my mind to bringing in a big speaker or getting an internship that I want because the people around me are supportive in anything I do.
What inspired you to pursue a sports media career?
I was always opinionated about sports from a young age. The voice inside of my head told me follow my dreams because I was passionate about storytelling and sports.
What’s your bucket list sporting event and why?
This is a tough one, but I’m going to pick the NBA Finals. I’ve always dreamed about seeing the Trail Blazers – in person – go for the whole thing, but I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. Though, the Cubs took the World Series, so anything can happen!
Where do you hope to be in five years?
Another tough question! I hope to be in sports journalism in some way or form. Whether that be writing for a magazine, print, production or on camera. As long as I’m happy and making a difference, then I’ll know I’m in the right place.