What impressed me the most about Meg Kissinger was the joy that she exuded. When she walked in, she lit up the room, and even though I only had the privilege of listening to her for a little while, I did notice that the conversation was remarkably not as much about her accomplishments as much as about how the class can learn from her experiences to become better journalists.
I was shocked when, about an hour into the conversation, Meg Kissinger mentioned that she had was a breast cancer survivor. It was only mentioned as an explanation of why she had to take a break from work, which makes me think that had it not interfered with work or been applicable in that particular conversation, we would have gone without knowing about it. I thought it was remarkably modest of her to focus so much on the people she reports on and how they inspire her to be a betteand so little on her own struggles and successes.
Meg Kissinger could have spoken to our class for another two hours, and I don't think anyone in the room would have complained. She was not only a dynamic speaker, but she was also inspirational, all while maintaining a down to earth honesty that is truly commendable, and I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to listen to her speak last Wednesday.
I hope that one day, I can be the kind of journalist that Meg Kissinger is.