Thursday, October 26, 2006

Pepperdine Sig Ep Does It All

Face in the crowd: Stefan Holt
LINDSEY BOERMALiving Assistant

Pepperdine sophomore Stefan Holt can truly be described as a man with many faces. While balancing his numerous hobbies and interests can sometimes prove to be a difficult feat, he has managed to stay loyal to each and every one.

Holt, a double major in broadcast journalism and political science, has dedicated himself to a wide range of activities both on-campus and off. And, with the focus he has managed to maintain, his future possibilities promise to be as endless as his interests.

What activities have you been involved with at Pepperdine?

Last year I was involved in SGA, and I was freshman class president. That took up a lot of time, but it was fun. Then I was a policy debater on the speech and debate team and a Tuesday night anchor of Newswaves 26. I am also in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and I do a lot with them.

I am still currently involved with Newswaves 26 and the fraternity, and I also do news updates on KWVS , the radio station.

What do you hope to do with a double major in broadcast journalism and political science?

Well, I used to want to be just a political science major, but when I was looking at colleges, I saw that Pepperdine had a great telecommunications program, which I was also very interested in.

Hopefully I can combine them both into a telecom career. They are both interesting areas of our society and culture, so I am always fascinated to learn more about them.

Have you always wanted to do telecommunications?

Yes and no. I, unfortunately, want to do many things in my short young adult life, but you just have to find your focus. You cannot do everything, but it is what I want to do now.

You recently got your pilot’s license. How does that fit in with what you want to do?

I have always wanted to fly. Both of my grandfathers were pilots. My uncle is an airline pilot and my dad is not but he has always been interested in aviation. He would take me to air shows when I was younger and teach me the different kinds of planes. Hopefully I can use it. It is an expensive hobby, but it is something I enjoy. It is also a good way to get around.

How did you choose to become involved in so many diverse things?

Your guess is as good as mine. Like I said, I have always been interested in different things and I like to try on different hats. I hope it leads to a richer, more fulfilling life. My biggest fear is being bored in my career or just in life.

Is it hard balancing everything?

Well I would not say it is hard, but it has been a challenge. It has actually helped me to become a better college student because I learn time-management skills, which will be very beneficial later in life.

Where do you hope to end up after college?

After college I would like to be a reporter at a local news station. Then hopefully everything will take off from there, and I will move around the country and eventually become a network anchor. Actually, my biggest dream is to become a White House correspondent. I am such a nerd, because I always watch C-SPAN and try to see what is going on. I am a news junkie.
If you could be anything in the world, what would it be?

Wow, that is a hard one. But, what I will say is that I will probably become a reporter or a network anchor. It is probably so rewarding to do that — to know that the conscience of the world rests on your shoulders.

What would you say to anyone else in your position, wanting to be involved in so many diverse things?

Go for it. It sounds a little cheesy, but if you have ever seen the movie “Scarface,” the quote “The world is yours” is kind of my thing. Never restrict yourself. Just get out there and do what you want to do.