It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Emory & Henry College student Colin Christensen.
It started when his peers elected the rising senior student government president for the upcoming academic year. Shortly after that, Christensen published an article that was one of only four accepted for the spring issue of Columbia Undergraduate Law Review.
Yet the biggest spotlight happened just a few minutes before 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, as Christensen joined two other college students in a panel discussion on racism, use of the N-word, and Trayvon Martin, hosted by CNN's Don Lemon.
So how does one make the journey from the E&H campus to national television? In this case with the help of a fellow Emory & Henry classmate.
Christensen was chosen in part because of Olivia Bailey, who has spent the past month interning at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. where she is helping produce content for close to 900 CNN affiliates.
“I was in a meeting where they were looking for student panelists, and I knew Colin was very passionate about some of the issues they wanted to address,” said Bailey.
Bailey contacted the show's producers and sent countless emails to make sure the network connected with Christensen. She is happy to have help spotlight her classmate and Emory & Henry.
Bailey will complete her internship with CNN on Aug. 23. Following her time at CNN, Bailey will spend the fall semester in Dublin, Ireland at the Dublin City University as part of the Emory & Henry Semester Abroad community service program.
Christensen summed up his CNN experience on his Facebook page by stating, “From Carriger Hall to the CNN newsroom, let’s all work together to become a post-racial society.”