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#SDSUGrad: Kyle Betz

In the fall, Kyle Betz will attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University for a master's degree in sports journalism.
By SDSU News Team

Over the past year, the San Diego State University community has shown its true resilience. Graduates from the Class of 2021 are no exception. During this unprecedented time in human history, the university has prioritized providing students with important services like virtual academic supportemergency financial assistance and other support services. In particular, SDSU Career Services continues to offer resources for students, including the online career platform Handshake and expanded virtual programming and advising.

In this series, we highlight graduates as they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives, including those who have secured jobs and internships or are moving into advanced studies. 

Name: Kyle Betz
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Lake Forest, Calif.

When did you decide to pursue graduate studies and what did that process entail?

Last fall, I applied to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication for a master's degree in sports journalism at Arizona State University. The application process was pretty straightforward. I had to fill out a general application and submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement of interest, my resume, a body of work, and proof of English proficiency.

When did you receive your graduate program acceptance and what was your reaction?

I received my acceptance to the master's program last November immediately after the interview process. Ecstatic is the best word to describe my emotions after my acceptance. Once I learned I got into the program, I called my mom to let her know. She encouraged me to apply to the program in the first place. She and my dad have supported me tremendously throughout the whole process and I'm incredibly grateful for them.

What advice do you have for fellow students, regardless of their field, looking to attend graduate school post-graduation?

In terms of post-graduation, my advice for students of any major is to remember and continue to build connections with current and former classmates and professors. Connections are invaluable because they don't just disappear after graduation, and they can also introduce you to more job or grad school opportunities.

What is it that you are most looking forward to as you kick start this next chapter? How did SDSU prepare you for success not only at the university but after graduation?

As I embark on this new journey, I'm looking forward to enhancing my journalistic skill set at ASU and continuing to build off everything I've learned at SDSU. SDSU taught me commitment, how to be diligent, and motivate me to make the best product possible, whether that's for my classes or in my work at The Daily Aztec.

What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

Being a member of The Daily Aztec has undoubtedly changed my life for the better. I could go on and on about The Daily Aztec and the doors it has opened for me and my career. I've made connections, met lifelong friends, and told the stories of coaches and student-athletes. I've also learned how to work hands-on in the field of journalism, which is oftentimes difficult to replicate in a classroom setting. The Daily Aztec is so much more than just a student newspaper — it's a family, and I'm extremely proud to be a part of it.