Wesley Ryan



I have always tried, to the best of my ability, to stay politically and socially aware. There is only so much you can take in before news fatigue sets in; for me, it was refugees. It wasn’t because I didn’t like refugees. I just didn’t know where to start and since there was so much going on I always felt overwhelmed.

Being clueless about almost everything involving refugees, I immediately became nervous. However, I quickly took the time to research refugees: what constitutes a refugee, how to become one, the problems they face, resources they can use and the most common countries refugees come from. From there I was able to get an idea of what kind of stories I would want to write.

My problem was remaining objective when I wrote. I am an incredibly vocal person, which doesn’t really work in journalism. I would constantly have to go back and erase sentences because my opinion was showing. To cope with this I tried to insert the quotes and facts before anything else. Then I would go in and add the rest of the article to make it flow.

Being an outsider to this community, I knew I wanted to hear personal experiences. But I didn’t know who to talk to or how to go about this, especially since it’s such a personal, and at times tragic, point in their life. Thankfully, the people I found were incredibly welcoming. As a matter of fact, I was always welcomed, which made the experience more enjoyable. It didn’t change the fact I had little information going into it, but the lack of knowledge only made this type of reporting more fun. I was able to learn about things I never knew was even a problem.


Ever since I was a child I have always been a talkative and vocal person. It didn’t matter what the subject was, I wanted to be a part of it. Hearing stories brought me an immense amount of joy, but my true love was storytelling. However, constantly being told “you talk too much” can beat down a kid’s self-esteem. To release this pent-up energy out into the world I would write and think of jokes. As I got older, I started to see the importance of words and why you should use them carefully. This desire for the truth led me to journalism. Journalism was a way for me to tell actual stories, stories affecting real people.

Being born in Los Angeles County in California, you meet a variety of people, the most notable being people in entertainment. I was regularly surrounded by entertainers, but when I graduated from Canyon High School and entered college I had to figure out a career I enjoyed and would be viable. I knew, from the people I met, entertainment would be nearly impossible to jump into, so I thought of my next favorite thing, writing.

A year after I enrolled to the California State University, Northridge, I transferred to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here, I was able to fully explore my love for writing. I have articles published for various companies from an advertising agency I worked for, freelance jobs I am offered, my blog and now Voices of Utah. I don’t plan on stopping this path I am going down. As a matter of fact, after I graduate in 2018 I plan on pursuing a career in writing, preferably something involving comedy or journalism.

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