Golan Heights – Day 5

We drove a few hours north up to Tsfat, which is close to the Syrian border. We visited Ziv Medical Center, a university-affiliated, government funded hospital serving about 250,000 patients. They take pride in serving patients of many different ethnicities, and having staff members of many different ethnicities. One of their biggest accomplishments is caring … Continue reading Golan Heights – Day 5

Jerusalem – Day 4

This was probably the most mind-blowing day of our trip. We met 36-year-old Tzippy Yarom, a woman in the Haredi community. She talked to us about “Haredim Mibifnim,” meaning the “Ultra-Orthodox from Within.” This was an incredible experience because she shattered all my preconceived notions about women in the ultra-orthodox community. Some things about Yarom: … Continue reading Jerusalem – Day 4

West Bank – Day 2

Israel is about the size of New Jersey, but there was still so much to see. After our first day exploring the Old City in Jerusalem, we spent the next two days exploring the West Bank. The best way to describe the Israel/Palestine relationship is “it’s complicated.” Our guide said it’s “like two different worlds … Continue reading West Bank – Day 2

Old City – Day 1

Never thought I would be in Israel for spring break… but here I am! I’m taking a journalism trip hosted by the Jerusalem Press Club, with 14 of my classmates from the Newhouse school. Our itinerary stops in almost all corners of the country and immerses us in various aspects of society – political, religious, … Continue reading Old City – Day 1

Syracuse student’s viral video: Why I left my sorority

The Washington Post interviewed me in a story about the viral #SororityRevamp video. Read a portion of the article below: After the student newspaper at Syracuse, the Daily Orange, wrote about Purdy’s video, Rashika Jaipuriar, a freshman who has just gone through recruitment wrote a response: “It’s terrible to see girls crushed because they didn’t get invited … Continue reading Syracuse student’s viral video: Why I left my sorority

Journalism Signing Day 2015

Check out pictures from The Chronicle and MBC's annual signing day. It's the journalism program's fun way of celebrating the seniors and their college decisions. Just like the high school athletes who go on to play at the collegiate level, I signed an unofficial official letter of intent committing to...Syracuse University! Congratulations to the other … Continue reading Journalism Signing Day 2015

Adapting to a sports-crazed culture

I have a love-hate relationship with sports. Perhaps these ambivalent feelings stem from the fact that growing up, I never had any sort of relationship with sports. When I was a younger, I wasn’t always playing or watching or talking about sports like a lot of kids do. You see, my parents were raised in … Continue reading Adapting to a sports-crazed culture

2014 summer internship through WCPO

When WCPO says "On your side" -- they mean it, as I found out this summer with their internship program. Last night was the reception for the Careers in Media Internship Program run by the Cincinnati television station. Huge shout out to the lovely Ms. Mona Morrow who created this opportunity for us local students interested … Continue reading 2014 summer internship through WCPO