Courtesy of Amanda Ngo
For Amanda Ngo, her journey through high school has had its ups and downs, but the experiences that she’s gained as a part of the Lincoln community and The Cardinal Times have been nothing short of memorable.
Ngo was a junior when she joined The Cardinal Times as a reporter, and, at the end of the year, she transitioned into her current position of social media and community engagement manager for her senior year in order to make sure that The Cardinal Times was accessible to everyone. She has enjoyed reading the work that The Cardinal Times has put out and learning how to market it to certain audiences.
“Being social media manager and being community engagement manager are both really important things,” said Ngo. “You just have to make sure that you’re getting an interaction from other people and make sure you’re putting in the work to make a difference.”
Ngo admires the leadership of The Cardinal Times, and through the student leaders she was working with, Ngo has been able to learn more about herself.
“The Cardinal TImes has always picked great leadership. Student leaders are always so amazing because they’re the same age as you… and it’s really great to be surrounded by people who are passionate, driven, intelligent [and] know what they want to do, and I think that’s a lot of the people on The Cardinal Times,” said Ngo. “Getting to experience that has taught me a lot about myself too, and how to be a better person when in a team environment.”
In addition to her work on The Cardinal Times, Ngo has also participated in Red Cross and student leadership. She will attend University of Oregon in the fall, and after she graduates, she hopes to do something that puts her in a position to help people. She has appreciated the opportunities that Lincoln has given her to make a difference.
“I like that I’ve felt like I’ve had the chance to make a difference in the school, whether it be through Cardinal Times reporting, or things that the leadership class plans, or blood drives that the Red Cross organizes,” Ngo said. “I know this might not be the case for everybody, but I feel really ingrained into the school community.”