The Temple City Voice is featuring a series of interviews with former volunteer staff. This is the third of our “Catching Up with Former Staff” series.
About two years has passed since Shirley Wu left the small site of Temple City to attend Bowdoin College in Maine, but luckily, she had taken with her the diverse experiences she gained through Temple City Voice.
This quiet, introspective girl became part of the staff of Temple City Voice during her senior year in high school, the first year the staff was put together. By joining the small group of young, prestigious writers, she widened her perspective as well as experience.
“Temple City Voice is a way for students to get more experience interacting with the community.” Wu said, “Otherwise I wouldn’t have participated in city activities and events.”
As Wu recalls, the opportunity had approached her in the most unexpected way. The founder of Temple City Voice, Matthew Wong had found her through some of her friends and had discovered that she was a lover of newspaper reviews as well as poetry.
At first, when Wong explained to Wu the group he was envisioning, she doubted his intensions.
“I thought, ‘why would you need another newspaper if there’s already the school newspaper?'” Wu said. “But when I started writing for the Temple City Voice, I realized we cover stories and events that the school newspaper doesn’t cover.”
Unlike the school newspaper, which only covers events that happen around campus, the Temple City Voice take responsibility in informing the residents of Temple City about current events that affect them.
“A lot of people don’t know what’s happening around the city, especially the younger generations,” Wu said. “Temple City is so small that Council meetings and other small things are actually important to the people.”
Wu also attained the opportunity to meet and interview different people, such as candidates running for offices. She developed her social skills and learned to professionally hold interviews.
When asked if she would recommend one to join the Temple City Voice, Wu answered in an enthusiastic voice, “I say definitely go for it. Temple City Voice gave me opportunities that I never had. It boosted my confidence and allowed me to progress as a reporter and a communicator.”
This article was written by Charlene Choo. It was published in the Temple City Voice on October 22, 2008.