If you ask Morgan Phillips, 20, what career she sees for herself the answer will be a job that combines her favorite things: writing, politics, and travelling. The NYU student, double-majoring in journalism and politics, hopes to be a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal or National Geographic. She also sees political speechwriting at some point down the road.

Phillips said her passion for politics allows her gain an understanding of the world and how the government works. And she said being able to see other cultures through her travels gives her a different perspective, as well.

When Phillips first began college at Lehigh University she did not know she wanted to focus on journalism. Once she realized she wanted a career in the field, she transferred to NYU and is now writing articles for The Tab, Uloop, and College Media Network. When she is not reading or writing she is exploring the restaurants of the West Village, watching Netflix or getting a workout in.

Q: Where are you from?

My family lives in Pittsburgh, but my dad was in the Marine Corps so I’ve lived in San Diego, northern Virginia, and Pittsburgh.

Q: What was your favorite place to live?

I used to think that San Diego was my favorite and I resented my parents because we never moved back there. But I’ve come to accept growing up in western Pennsylvania. It has given me a grounded mindset. Growing up in a small town and having that community around me. I’ve made some really great friends from there that are going to last a lifetime. I like San Diego better as a place, but I think Pittsburgh was better for me to grow up.

Q: What is your go-to song on your playlist for working out?

Honestly, I’ve been really sick of my music lately. So I’ve been watching the shows Grace and Frankie and This Is Us. I am crying on the stair climber while I’m watching This Is Us!

Q: You said you like to travel. Have you traveled a lot growing up, besides from when you have moved?

Yea. I haven’t traveled as much as I would like to. I have been to all the big ones in Europe: Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland. I’m actually going back to Italy for spring break. But, I want to travel to more obscure places. I’d love to do a safari in Africa! 

Q: What has been your favorite to travel to?

That’s hard! Probably Paris, even though I didn’t get to spend a lot of time there. The romantic feel was so authentic. Everywhere you turned it was so beautiful and I really loved the old feel of the city. 

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

My dad always told me, he used the acronym, “F.L.A.P” which stands for “Finish Like a Pro.” I feel like that is important because people can get so into projects and ideas in the beginning and then just give up on them towards the end. I think it’s important to see things through to the end.