By: Kylie Sheaffer
Hannah Treece sat down for her interview and immediately laughed off the initial awkwardness. Her zebra t-shirt and easy-going nature gave off approachable, cool-girl vibes. She is someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously. After settling into our banter, Treece, a first-semester senior broadcast major, was open to chat about travel, the future, and what’s most important in her life.
Adding to her credibility, the University of South Carolina student recently backpacked around Europe almost entirely on her own. She traveled without access to phones and had to get comfortable asking people for help. Although she loves her home, Treece admitted her mission to get out of the South Carolina-bubble.
Pushing herself out of her comfort zone seems to be a common theme in Treece’s life.
Treece admits that she has her sights set high. One day, the world will watch as she delivers news as a foreign correspondent for CNN. Treece was hesitant at first to talk about her dream job, but revealed that telling war-zone stories is where her passions lie. She’s aware that working in the Middle East, the primary region she would like to cover, would be demanding, dangerous and potentially very draining work. But that doesn’t daunt her.
Treece was up front about the realities of working in unsettled environments- the positions are normally reserved for men due to the danger involved. Treece laughs off any fear she might have. She called herself naïve, but admitted that her passion is worth more than fear. So much good can come out of telling these stories and sharing the realities of war that Treece doesn’t want fear to hold her back.
Why does she get out of bed every morning?
“I mean, it sounds cheesy- it’s Jesus. As soon as I wake up every morning I try to have Jesus-time. That’s what starts my day off.”
She laughed about the Sunday-school nature of her answer, but talks about her faith with ease. She has been raised Methodist her entire life and has the church in her blood. She lived in the church community, with her own father working as a Methodist pastor until Treece was 17. She has been on numerous mission trips, with her journeys extending from small towns in South Carolina to Honduras.
Her family and her religion have fueled a desire to help others. She volunteers through her church and uses her faith to propel herself forward. Since going off to college, she has truly had the chance to make her religion her own.
Family is important to Treece, but she has had to learn to stand on her own. Though her family did not see journalism as the best career option, Treece has found that she can’t imagine doing anything else. Although she values her parents’ opinions, Treece is looking for a career that can sustain her and her passions. Working as a war-correspondent is risky and competitive, but she knows it’s exactly what she’s meant to do.
Sheaffer is a broadcast junior