My name is Chris Tulp and I graduated from the University of Maryland in December 2018 with a degree in multiplatform journalism. I attended the University of Maryland for two years, after graduating and transferring from Howard Community College. Community college better prepared me to attend a four-year school like the University of Maryland. During my time at the University of Maryland, I wrote for Capital News Service, a student-powered news organization run by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. I also wrote for Stories Beneath the Shell, an online student-run publication, covering men’s and women’s basketball and sports figures that came to speak at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, such as the owner of the New York Islanders hockey team and distinguished sports journalists at the annual Shirley Povich Symposium. I am a huge sports fan, as I am passionate about basketball, baseball and football with basketball being my favorite sport. My love for sports began after I started playing baseball at age 4 and basketball at age 5. I wanted to get into sports journalism once I figured that if I couldn’t play sports at a high level in college, why not cover them? I also had the chance to cover community news as an intern with the Hyattsville Life and Times. I learned to build good relationships with sources in order to gain and keep their trust and report my findings with precision. Working at a grocery store for several years also helped me learn how to deal with people and gave me the people skills needed to talk to sources when writing articles. I would like to pursue a sports writing career in the future.