Deep dive into journalism hones writing chops of graduating UM senior


When Mariah Thomas was little, her elementary school buried a time capsule. Each student wrote a note that included their future plans. That capsule was cracked open when Thomas was a senior at Capital High School in Helena, and her younger version had written:

“I want to go to the University of Montana to study writing.”

Well, that’s exactly what she did. But there’s a LOT more to the story.

You see, few people have wrung as much living and learning from their college experience as Thomas. To say she stayed busy is like saying grizzlies like huckleberries.

When Thomas graduated Saturday with nearly 1,800 other UM students, she earned a major in journalism, a major in political science, a minor in history and a certificate from the University’s Franke Global Leadership Initiative. And that’s while working three years as a reporter and editor for the Montana Kaimin, UM’s student newspaper.

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She also was a learning assistant for the honors college and an international research affairs intern for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. During the summers, she interned with her hometown paper, the Independent

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