Taylor Sienkiewicz

I am a journalism major at DU, minoring in Business Administration, Communications and Geography. I am a current intern at 303 Magazine in Denver and write for the DU Clarion. In my free time, I like to run, hike and backpack, rock climb/boulder and generally explore what Colorado has to offer. My dream job is to write for National Geographic.

Writing opportunities for DU students

By Taylor Sienkiewicz and Daniela Santos.

The University of Denver (DU) holds various majors that tailor to prospective writer’s aspirations. For example, students are able to focus on their creative writing by majoring in english while fact-based analytical writers can major in journalism. Other writing practices can include business writing, short memos, long-form theses, etc. Nonetheless, no matter what the style is that pertains to the prospective writer, having a platform to publish their own work is important to polish one’s skills and continue sharing one’s stories. Continue reading

Businesses around DU strive for sustainability

By Daniela Santos and Taylor Sienkiewicz

As reported in 303 Magazine’s Earth Day report card, Denver businesses are not doing all it takes to be environmentally conscious and minimize their ecological footprint. But, around the University of Denver (DU), local restaurants, such as Beans, a student-run coffee shop on campus and Illegal Pete’s, a local mission-style burrito restaurant located on Evans, are doing a good job showing the initiative to be a sustainable organization that reduces waste going to the landfill. Continue reading

Alpine Club gets students to opt outside

This audio slideshow feature’s DU’s Alpine Club, which is the largest club on campus. I attempt to give more of an inside look into not only what the club does, but how its operated. I do this by interviewing the president of the club, Michelle Connacher and the treasurer, Connor McKeen. Continue reading

DU community breaks down walls surrounding mental health

By taking these pictures, I attempt to document and bring awareness to mental health on college campuses, specifically the University of Denver. This slideshow links to my issue story as it regards the importance of making mental health part of conversations on-campus. Through it, I attempt to help the viewer visualize campus life and how those struggling with mental health can blend into a crowd. However, I also show the resources available. The most contradictory photograph to this sad concept is the nine out of 10 booth, which features resources for students to reach out to each other and students themselves.  Continue reading

DU community breaks down walls surrounding mental health

University of Denver students write encouraging notes to each other and leave on display in Driscoll Bridge.

University of Denver students write encouraging notes to each other and leave on display in Driscoll Bridge.

Mental wellness is an under-discussed aspect of college life. While everyday conversation surrounding mental health continues to be stifled, the concern over college student’s mental health is growing, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Often, students struggling may want help, but are not sure how to get it. They are afraid of reaching out to those around them due to negative stigma. They are afraid of reaching out to professional help because they aren’t sure what the resources are or are afraid they won’t be able to afford counseling.

In the fall of 2015, University of Denver (DU) programs received the Garrett Lee Smith Grant, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. This has allowed the university to expand mental health programs. Continue reading