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Q&A with RBC intern Ellis Goud

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Hey! My name is Ellis Goud. I’m a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology. This semester, I am working as a communications intern at the RBC!

How’d you become interested in science communication?

Growing up, I had a huge passion for nature. I was constantly changing what I wanted to do, whether it was becoming a veterinarian, studying wildlife biology, or even working on a farm. One thing always remained constant for me: I wanted my job to center around the environment. After participating in a competition called Agricultural Communications with the National FFA Association, I learned that I have a love for learning and helping others learn and decided I wanted to become an environmental journalist. Science communication is crucial to bridge the gap between researchers and the general public, and I hope to utilize it in my career to help my community learn about the scientific world around them. 

What are you hoping to accomplish or learn in your role at the RBC?

My biggest hope for this semester with the RBC is to gain experience in science writing and photography. I currently work as a student journalist, and it’s important to me to get experience in environmental journalism for my future career. This will be my first time writing scientific articles, and I am incredibly excited for the opportunity! I am also taking my first photojournalism class this semester and want to put what I learn to practice. 

Where’d you grow up?

I grew up in Roswell, Georgia, and the two houses I grew up in are only a mile apart! Although I haven’t strayed far from home, I hope to move to Montana after I graduate. 

When you’re not in class you’re:

Reading. For me, curling up with a good book is the best way to recharge. My favorite genres are horror, science fiction, historical fiction, and, of course, books about nature. I read around 50 books a year!

A movie or TV show you could rewatch over and over:

The Silence of the Lambs. I’m a huge fan of psychological thrillers and show it to all of my friends who haven’t seen it. If you like this movie, I would also recommend watching the prequel, Red Dragon. (It’s just as good!)