Rich Rhoden Follows His Passion for Sports and Writing
Rich Rhoden knows a thing or two about Wildcat athletics. On game day, the senior journalism major from Endicott has a yellow press pass around his neck along with a camera in tow.
“I really enjoy the mass communication program here because you can get a lot of real-world experience right off the bat. You can get a press pass, grab a notepad, and be sitting courtside of any sporting event. It’s not a ‘learn everything in the classroom’ situation. It’s what keeps me awake at night and what gets me out of bed in the morning,” Rich says.
Building relationships with Wayne State professors provides stories for students like Rich to guide them on the path to being a better journalist. He also gets the opportunity for real-world experience while interning at The Wayne Herald, the local city newspaper.
“When I started I knew that it was going to be challenging, but it has done wonders for my skills as a journalist and they are only getting better. I enjoy developing rapport with area high school coaches and athletic directors as well as building the same relationships with personnel at WSC,” Rich says.
When Rich was on his college visit, he spent time in the town of Wayne. The environment needs to be one that you feel comfortable in to survive the rigors of college, he says. This community has a variety of restaurants, shopping establishments, a biking trail, and the Majestic Theatre, where you can go to a movie for $4. No, that is not a misprint.
Students that come here have a variety of lifelong goals. Some may live out their dreams in Washington, D.C., while others choose a slower pace of life. One thing about Rich is wherever he ends up, he will follow his passion for sports and writing.
“My dreams for the future are lofty because I don’t want to settle. I would really like to become a beat writer for a Division 1 school at any sport. Just writing about sports in general is always an adventure. No two sporting events are the same,” Rich says.
Throughout his four years at WSC, Rich has developed skills that will make him a successful journalist. The late night study groups and 10 page research papers will seem well worth it when walking across the stage at graduation. For now Rich will be on the sidelines covering Wildcat athletics.
“I can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” Rich says. “There is no place else I would rather be.”