Associate Editor only four years after earning a master’s degree? If you think that’s impossible, just ask Mayborn graduate Sarah Perry, who will tell you otherwise. A Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism graduate from 2008, Perry is now Associate Editor for Our State magazine in North Carolina.
So how on earth did she land such an amazing job so soon? After seeing the job posting online, “I called George [Getschow] and told him about it,” she says. George, Mayborn’s writer-in-residence, knew some of Our State’s top players, including Mike Graff. George sent Our State a letter encouraging them to give Perry a shot. After meeting with Editor Elizabeth Hudson, the magazine did just that. Hudson was even a speaker at the 2012 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Once journalists are involved with the Mayborn, they’re all in.
Perry was inspired by George while earning her master’s. She calls him her mentor and says he taught her not only about writing but about life in general. The two are still close to this day.
“Dr. Tracy Everbach is incredible,” Perry adds. “She helped me get an internship at The Dallas Morning News. That was one of my first real chances.” As journalists know, it’s all about being given that first chance. Especially for women. “It’s really hard being a woman in journalism,” Perry says. “Cathy Booth Thomas (another Mayborn professor) encouraged me, told me to keep my head up. She taught me a lot about writing. She’s still there for me to call and talk to.”
The educators at the Mayborn aren’t just with you for your time in school. They are with you for your journey afterwards. After all, your story starts here, but continues on and upwards with a Mayborn education. Sarah Perry is proof of just that.