This is where I talk about myself. A lot.

“I now inhabit a life I don’t deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon”
David Carr, The Night of the Gun

Back in 2012, I decided it was time for a change, so I quit my job and started over. Sometimes, that’s what you have to do to find happiness.

Going back to school was the first step. I stuck with some of the things  people told me I do well and that I usually felt like I did OK with – writing and storytelling. It hasn’t been the easiest transition, and there have been some times that I’ve questioned my own sanity, but it’s been fun. I love what I do, and it seems like I do it well, so that’s a plus.

Still, though, I find myself bewildered a lot of the time.

“Is this really my life? People actually trust me to do this? People actually LET me do this?”

Like Mr. Carr, I’m just going to hold on and be grateful and do it for as long as they let me. So far, I’ve graduated from Amarillo College, where I had the opportunity to travel to Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy.

Some of my favorite photos from our travels:

 

I also worked as online editor and reporter for one semester, and then editor-in-chief  for the student newspaper, The Ranger. I’m the only student in the 85-year history of the paper to be chosen as EIC for two consecutive years. I also helped write, edit and design several copies of the student magazine, the AC Current.

While at AC, I worked as a disc jockey and show host for the student radio station, FM90. As a student, I reported and recorded news bits for the AC Report, also broadcast on the station.

Me in a bullet-proof vest

Yes, that’s a bullet-proof vest.

I was chosen for a summer internship at the Amarillo Globe-News and then hired as a breaking news and general assignments reporter. During my time in this newsroom, I also worked on investigative pieces and worked as a photojournalist, online editor, copy editor and entertainment reporter. In addition to all the stories, photos and videos that will stay with me for as long as I can remember them, the night I rode along with Officer Jackson of the Amarillo Police Department will be something I will always think of when I think of my time at AGN. Those 10 hours were eye-opening, exciting and heartbreaking.

In the studio

In the 88.1 studio

I transferred to Texas Tech University and began classes in the fall 2015 semester. So far, I’ve written stories for The Hub@TTU and The Daily Toreador, I’ve created videos for MCTV, and I have worked as a disc jockey, show host and news writer and reader for The Raider 88.1. I also had the opportunity to complete an internal communications internship with Southwest Airlines during the summer of 2017 (it was one of the best experiences of my life).

I worked for one year as a writing intern in the university’s Office of Communications & Marketing and in January 2017, made the transition to full-time senior editor. I’ll graduate at the end of spring 2018.

If you’re interested in the work I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of so far, click on some of the links below. You can also shoot me an email at amanda.castro-crist@ttu.edu for more information or collaboration opportunities.

Front

Yes. I made this.

Sometimes people write about things I’m doing! I’m still getting used to that.

As always, thanks for stopping by!