February 13, 2015
King '14 Lands Job as a Junior Writer at BuzzFeed

Kirsten King '14 works as a junior writer at BuzzFeed in Los Angeles. King has turned her love of writing into a fun, promising career at the internet's most popular news media company.

Kirsten King '14 has come a long way since writing, illustrating and selling her own books as a six year old - the Emmanuel graduate recently landed a job as a junior staff writer at the increasingly popular internet news media company BuzzFeed in Los Angeles.

"It's been an incredible experience," King said about her five months at BuzzFeed. "I feel really lucky. I am excited to go into work every day - not everyone can say that. I work with some really incredible people, too. I'm surrounded by published authors, poets and some seriously [amazing] journalists."

Since her days of being a child "author," King said writing has been a natural outlet for her, and it was at Emmanuel College as an English communication + media studies major where she realized writing could be more than just a hobby. Professor of English Mary Beth Pope and Assistant Professor of English Monique-Adelle Callahan gave insight to King on how her love of writing could be turned into a career and be part of her future.

While at Emmanuel, King was an attributing writer at The Hub, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and held a marketing internship at the Notre Dame Education Center, an adult and youth learning center founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. When the internship ended, the Center offered King a position, and she worked there until the end of summer 2014 - it was then that she decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing.

She applied for an editorial fellowship at BuzzFeed because she was familiar with the company and admired its work culture. On her way to the Golden State, King learned she had landed the fellowship.

"To be honest, when I was applying it kind of felt like a shot in the dark. I didn't have any personal connections to the company, but I put a lot of effort into my application. I created a community member page and built up writing samples through there to try and set myself apart from the other applicants," King said.

King doesn't just credit her application for getting her a job at BuzzFeed, but also acknowledges that her Emmanuel writing classes played into her success.

"The encouragement I received from my professors was great, and they made sure I never felt like writing was a total pipe dream," she said.

When asked if BuzzFeed is as fun of a place to work as it looks, King said yes. Her collaborations with coworkers feel less like a job and more like spending time with friends. The company is filled with unique individuals who each bring something different to the table, according to King.

As a writer for the BuzzTeam, King has a lot of freedom and is not assigned topics to write about. Instead, she writes about what she wants to write about, which could be anything from a TV show to her personal life.  When she began the job, she found herself missing home and often wrote about Boston. In just five months, King has had the opportunity to work on everything from interviewing photographers and interpreting emojis to turning herself into a GIF.

Since it launched in 2006, BuzzFeed has changed the digital landscape. King believes the site is so successful because it provides a variety of content (groundbreaking news, personal essays, heart-warming lists, quizzes, videos and more) "that will make your Monday better."

"I think anything that can make a reader feel less alone is important - whether that's talking about anxiety or making their day better by sharing a list of the cutest hedgehogs," she said.

As a recent Emmanuel graduate, King's advice to current students and other recent grads is to learn how to deal with rejection and how not to hold onto it while pursuing a job. After graduation, King admits to having received several rejections, but she didn't let it stop her. Her end goal was always the same: be a writer in some form. She knew she had to keep writing in her life to be completely happy, and she was determined to make it happen.

"It's really easy to take that well-paid marketing job, and there isn't anything wrong with taking it - but there also isn't anything wrong with taking a few risks; even if you fail a few times," she said.

The move from Boston to Los Angeles was a hard adjustment for King. She didn't know anyone and knew the change would be tough, but she has decided to stick it out and learn the city, which she believes has helped with her transition. Her love for BuzzFeed also reaffirms for her that things have fallen into place.

"It's really exciting to watch it grow as a company," said King about BuzzFeed. "It's really refreshing to get to go into work and be completely yourself."

Kirsten King '14

Explore Emmanuel

Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

Learn More
Learn More
Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

Learn More
Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

Learn More
Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

Learn More
Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

Learn More
Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

Learn More
Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

Learn More
Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

Learn More
Learn More
Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration. 

Learn More
Learn More

Let's Get Started.

Emmanuel is a place where students broaden their sense of what’s possible and prepare for inspiring careers in an ever-changing world. Be here.