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David Purtell: Exploring the world

By David Purtell
Edited by Sarah Peterman

I have always been curious about the larger world. Questions about many things seemed to constantly run through my mind while I was growing up in Michigan.

In high school, I decided I wanted to lead a life that allowed me to seek the answers.

I attended Michigan State University and earned a bachelor's in geography. It completely changed my view of the world.

I realized the world is actually a very small place and that people everywhere are connected in some way. I also learned that great inequalities exist in society and knew I wanted to investigate those inequalities and their causes.

Instead of working toward a master's in geography, I decided to pursue a second degree in journalism. A journalism career will allow me to explore my questions about the world and expose some of society's inequalities.

The quality of USC's journalism school attracted me, and I wanted to know what life was like in the South. It has been a great experience, and I'm better for it.

Each day is a new opportunity to explore and learn, and journalism is the perfect path for an explorer like me. I'm 25, and hope I'll feel the same when I'm 50.

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