UST Courtside Reporter: Kristelle Batchelor

Q&A with UST's Kristelle Batchelor

Age: 18
School: University of Santo Tomas
Year & Course: 3rd year, AB Journalism
1. Why did you choose to become a courtside reporter?
"There's no better way to practice broadcast journalism than through courtside reporting."

2. What's the best part about your job?
"Delivering the latest news I obtained firsthand to my fellow students. It's also very fulfilling to hone my journalistic skills in an environment that is very enjoyable. Actually, the job doesn't feel like a job at all."

3. What's the most challenging part about your job?
"Well, probably managing my nerves. I used to (and I still, actually) get very frightened in front of the camera. Also, the pressure of knowing a lot of people are watching you and possibly [judging] you. But over time, I've learned to work around that."

4. How do you balance your duties as a courtside reporter and a student?
"Balancing work and school is not easy, so it's really a matter of time management."

5. Any UAAP crushes?
"I don't really have one. But I find Jeron Teng rather cute."

6. What advice can you give to students who want to be courtside reporters in the future?
"Don't be afraid to audition for the job because it starts from there. All the opportunities open up once you take the challenge. Also, hone your writing and reporting skills early on and try to learn and understand the language of basketball."

7. Describe your personal everyday/campus style. What tips can you give to freshmen on how to dress for school?
"I wear a uniform on a daily basis so this isn't really applicable to me, but if ever I do go to school wearing casual clothes, I just don a pair of jeggings (I love them!) and a comfy shirt. I also love dresses and I wear them a lot off-campus. For freshmen, keep it simple as much as possible."

8. Name one thing every college student should invest in.
"A good, sturdy umbrella. We live in a country with such [erratic] weather, so this is definitely a must-have."

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