Student Spotlight
Samuel Hughes

By: Caitlin Doyle, PR student intern

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Samuel Hughes is a senior from Biloxi, Miss., double majoring in communication and Spanish. His communication concentration is print & digital journalism. Hughes is the news editor for the Reflector, and he currently has an internship with MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Marketing. His dream job is to be an active journalist. 

Why communication?
All my life, I have enjoyed stories. When trying to figure out what I was going to do professionally, I decided to improve my writing and storytelling. The decision to pursue journalism was based on my commitment to improving this craft and my desire to see and learn about all kinds of things.

Favorite class so far?
Dr. Phillip Poe's Intro to News Writing. I simply wouldn't be the journalist I am today without that class.

Advice for incoming communication students?
People appreciate an inquisitive nature. Don't be nervous when connecting with people to explore interesting ideas - they probably find it as interesting as you, if not more! And for people who may not be keen to speak to you - rely on your interest to get the story.

Stop and breathe - you don't have anything to prove to anyone but yourself.

Best advice you’ve received from a professor?
Josh Foreman told me once, "Just keep writing." At the time, he didn't mean anything profound by it, but I have taken those words to heart. Professionally and personally, I know I'll be alright if I just keep writing.

Favorite place on MSU’s campus?
The Reflector newsroom within the Henry F. Meyer Student Media Center.

Guilty pleasure show?
I uninstalled TikTok because I figured it was getting a little unhealthy and now I just scroll through short-form media on every other platform. YouTube, Instagram, Facebook...

Favorite Starkville restaurant?
Andaman Thai

Davis Wade Stadium or Dudy Noble Field?
Davis Wade Stadium

Do you drink coffee? If so, what is your coffee order?
Iced Oatmilk Shaken Espresso