How To Find An Outlet For The Voice Inside You That Won't Stay Silent


In a world where we're taught to question everything we're told through the media, it's hard for a generation of people defined by authenticity to find a place where they can read about their world from a personal perspective.

Just before the start of my senior year of college, I had this nagging feeling of being particularly out of tune with my ambitions. Like many young adults, I felt I wasn't doing enough with my life.

There was a void in need of filling.

As fate would have it, I got an email from an Elite Daily employee two weeks before going back to Penn State.

The email stated that Elite Daily was building a campus ambassador program at three universities (my school being one of them), and it was looking for one person on each campus to help spearhead the initiative.

As the year went on and I became more involved with the ambassador program, that nagging void started to fade, and my life seemed a lot clearer. After I graduated from college, I started working at Elite Daily as the college programming coordinator in July 2015. The site provided me with a platform to express my passions and beliefs and satisfy my insatiable desire to be heard by many.

There are a handful of Elite Daily employees, like myself, who started off by trying to fill a void, a nagging feeling that they weren't doing enough. Becoming a contributing writer for the site helped us feel like we were finally doing something more.

Here are some of the experiences our contributors (who later became employees) have had:

Kelley Lord, producer, 24

Kate Ryan, trending news writer, 24

— John Haltiwanger, senior politics writer, 27

 — Jessica Wendroff, associate photo editor, 23

— Eitan Levine, trending news writer, 26

Sepp Dasbach, senior photo editor, 24

Gigi Engle, senior writer and branded content strategist, 25

Gabi Conti, host of The Elite Daily Show, 28

Sheena Sharma, feature writer, 25

Candice Jalili, feature writer, 22

Tyler Gildin, executive producer, 26

Kaitlyn Cawley, editor-in-chief, 26

College is the time to try out new things, and in the process of doing so, you never know where it could lead you.  If there's a nagging voice in your head that won't stay quiet, or something you need to get off your chest, know there's always a place where you can share what you're feeling.

There's comfort in knowing you're not alone.