By Salina Nasir
In fall 2011, then-biochemistry student Adrian Danganan sat in a biology course wondering if any other subject could ever supersede his passion for writing.
By the end of his first year, it dawned on him that nothing could.
“A lot of my family members are in the medical field, so initially I felt compelled to do something along those lines,” he said. “But I instantly knew that it wasn’t for me. I couldn’t see myself doing that in the future.”
So he broke tradition, left his biochemistry major and stumbled into an uncharted world of communication.
His mother, Aida Danganan, was not surprised by her son’s decision to change his major.
“When he was a young child, he used to read all of the time, so I always knew that he loved to read and write,” she said. “Even though it’s different than [what he originally planned] to do, it’s still fine with me. I am very, very proud of him.”
Now a fourth-year communication student studying journalism, Adrian Danganan currently serves as the lifestyle editor of The Poly Post and is preparing to take over the reins of the publication as its next editor-in-chief.
Aida Danganan says she will always remember hearing the news of her son’s appointment.
“I smiled at him and hugged him,” she said with happiness in her voice. “He’ll make a great editor because he is very responsible, and he always has been.”
Unlike most of his outspoken peers, Adrian Danganan’s work ethic is unique in comparison to other student journalists.
“Believe it or not, I’m ridiculously shy, and that is a pretty contradicting [trait] to have as a communication student,” he said. “But as I continue to study journalism, I feel more and more prepared to help lead this publication toward a brighter future.”
Studying journalism has given Adrian Danganan countless opportunities to hone both his interpersonal and writing skills. Now his passion eclipses his shyness.
“Once I get into it, something just clicks,” he said. “All shyness is put to the side, and my mind is ready to tackle whatever hits the table.”
And that’s exactly why Adrian Danganan has an interest in the field. His shyness only defines a small fraction of who he is as a person, but it certainly does not define his capabilities as a determined journalist.
“This is such an exciting opportunity for him, and I praise him for [choosing] journalism as his major,” said Angie Paredes. “As his aunt, I know he is open-minded and welcomes challenges.”
She said that her nephew’s flexibility and love for the field and people he works with will help him transition into being a great editor-in-chief.
Also a certified Yelp Elite and self-proclaimed foodie, Adrian Danganan runs Dang Good Eats, a blog that takes his audience far into the depths of the discoveries of a food connoisseur.
According to him, Dang Good Eats happened somewhat unexpectedly, but it has ultimately solidified his passion for writing.
His cousin, Marissa Paredes, said that Dang Good Eats serves as the perfect platform for him to share his main interests with the world.
“I love Adrian’s blog, and I think it perfectly mixes both of his passions ” food and writing,” said Marissa Paredes. “I totally see him doing something like this after college.”
And so does he.
“Writing in general is a big part of my life,” he said. “It is definitely something I see myself [continuing] in the years to come.”
Having spent this year on The Poly Post’s editorial board, Adrian Danganan is no stranger to the ins and outs of newspaper production. He looks forward to bettering the paper in the coming year.
“My goal for [next year’s] publication is to provide the community with quality stories that will really have the campus talking,” he said. “I want to spark conversations and make sure readers are aware that there are situations happening on campus that should be talked about.”
Salina Nasir / The Poly Post
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