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Profile: Kayla Chagnon '10

Posted: November 11, 2011

Kayla Chagnon ’10 has come a long way from co-editing Wilson’s student newspaper, the Billboard.

She’s currently working as an assistant research editor at Prevention magazine, a publication of Rodale Press.

Kayla was hired by Prevention in September, after spending two months as an intern and about a month as a freelance fact checker at another bestselling Rodale publication, Bicycling.

"Prevention prides itself on being research based, so as a researcher, I am assigned different articles and parts of the magazine that I make sure are factually supported,” Kayla said. "I check every quote and statement to make sure it's true. I spend a lot of time reading over studies, searching for information and contacting sources."

After graduating from Wilson College in 2010, Kayla attended Syracuse University, where she studied magazine, newspaper and online journalism to earn her Master of Arts degree. "I chose to study at Syracuse because their journalism school, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, is one of the best in the country for journalism," Kayla said. "I knew that after a year there, I would be prepared to get a job at a magazine or website and feel that I could succeed."

While in graduate school, “I realized that research was more intriguing to me than writing itself,” said Kayla, who enjoys working for a women's magazine.

At Wilson, Kayla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications. "Wilson prepared me for grad school by giving me the foundation I needed," she said. "My adviser challenged me throughout college to think outside the box and to try harder. That encouragement gave me the drive to succeed outside of just her classroom."

Wilson College also taught Kayla the importance of creating a rapport with her professors. "They are there to help you and you need to talk with them if you are struggling," Kayla said. "In graduate school, I was constantly asking questions and seeking advice, which most students did not do. I think that gave me a leg up."

Unlike many students who come to Wilson, Kayla consciously chose to attend a women’s college. She also wanted to attend a small college.

"When I visited (Wilson), I liked the atmosphere and I felt like it was a place that I could explore and find out what I wanted to do,” she said. "I knew my professors and they knew who I was as well. That connection motivated me. I wanted to excel and they were there to help me do so."

Last Updated: November 11, 2011