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  • Kandis Mascall

Kandis Mascall: An In Depth Bio

Hello, my name is Kandis Mascall. I will be graduating from Hampton University in December of 2017 with a degree in journalism. After graduation, I plan to pursue my master’s degree at the University of Illinois. Once that is complete, I’d like to begin my career as a producer and a reporter for broadcast television. I realize that I will eventually have to choose one, but for now I’d like to do both. After spending a bit of time doing local news, I would like to make the transition to national news.

I think my family will be the best place to start with my story. I was born on October 19, 1995 in a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hospital. I am the middle child in my family. I have an older sister who is over a decade older than me, and I have a younger brother who is just now beginning his college career. I didn’t know my sister very well when I was younger. She was born and raised in New York City.

My father was active duty in the air force during the early years of my life. He would often be deployed to various places around the world, so naturally he missed a birthday or holiday. We stayed put in Ohio while my father was overseas, so I guess I can’t really claim the military brat title, but a lot of my childhood friends were true military brats. Some of my friends were born on military bases in different countries like Japan. Sometimes I wished I was able to travel around the world.

My father retired from the military in 2003, and for a while I had both of my parents full-time. My childhood was pretty normal, but things got a little rough when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I watched her hair fall out when she went through chemo, saw the modified bras when the doctor’s removed one of her breasts. Saw her grow fatigued and weak. But being just a child, I believed it was something she would overcome, like a fever.

Unfortunately, in the summer of 2008 my mother passed away in the hospital. Her death marked a new chapter in my life and a lot of mental and emotional growth in a short amount of time. My father became a single-parent, and that is how my brother and I were raised for the remainder of our adolescence. Due to responsible financial planning on my parent’s part, the quality of my life didn’t change when my mom passed away.

Education played a large role in making me the person I am today. From kindergarten to eighth grade I went to private school. A small, close-knit institution known as East Dayton Christian. The work was grueling and the rules were strict, but I had a lot of great friends. I’ll never forget in 8th grade when our teacher made us learn the names of all the presidents, vice presidents, and their wives. And to this day, I can still name all of the president’s. It’s more of a party trick now. I gained a great education and a strong Christian faith when I finished the 8th grade.

I got my taste of public education when I entered high school. I attended Wayne High School, which is one of the largest high schools in the state of Ohio. The school is also known for its excellent football and basketball programs. It took me a while to get adjusted to such a large school, but I eventually found my niche. Freshman year was very easy for me, so for the rest of my high school career I took honors and advanced classes. I thrived in my classes and graduated high school as a student athlete with an honors diploma.

Hampton University wasn’t my first choice for a college education. I actually wanted to go to Syracuse University, especially since they were renowned for their communications program.

The city of Hampton was not unfamiliar to me. I had several aunt and uncles that lived in the area. My cousin was a Hampton grad, and my aunt would sing her praises to the school. I liked the warm weather and I knew that I wanted to attend an HBCU. I applied to the school, got accepted, and will soon be graduating.

I’ve had a great experience here at Hampton University. It’s refreshing being around black students that want to succeed and learn. And when other students share why they came to Hampton, their story is similar to mine! The education isn’t half bad either.

Writing is my calling. I figured the best way to make money from writing was to become a journalist, and I like it. I like reporting, and most recently have fallen in love with news production. What I love most about producing, is the control a person has. You choose what airs, how much time it gets, and how it’s going to be presented.

But, I think I am more-so in love with reporting. Producers don’t get to go outside, and I don’t like being inside all day on a computer. Reporters get talk to people and tell stories, even if it’s on a smaller scale.

Now my interests and the kind of person I am go hand-in-hand. I am a proud introvert, even though sometimes I wish I was a little bit more outspoken. I’m always smiling, and I would say my friends would describe me as a sweet person. I don’t like to say anything that would slightly offend someone, and sometimes I think that holds me back, caring about people’s feelings so much.

My hobbies include watching tv, eating food, doing my hair, or watching YouTube videos. Some of my favorite shows are Law and Order SVU, Rick and Morty, American Dad, and South Park. Even though the last three may seem a bit immature or even vulgar, the intelligent use of satirical themes is undeniable in all the shows.

I subscribe to a lot of channels on YouTube. The bulk of them are beauty and natural hair channels, but others include very smart channels like Wisecrack, All Time 10s, and Film theorist. Of course, I have to fit in some drama, gossip, and comedy channels as well, so a lot of my entertainment comes from this website.

The last and most important thing that I want to add about myself is that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I look back on all of things I’ve been through and all the blessing I’ve received and I know without a doubt that God is looking out for me. I no longer fear the future, and I am extremely excited about it.