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Campus Cutie: Carolyn Blackburne

Major: Broadcast and Digital Journalism 

 Dual minors: Information Management and Technology, and Political Science

Year: Junior

Sorority: Alpha Xi Delta 

Current mood: Fascinated

What grounds you: Iced coffee, NPR, and meditating

Goals post ‘Cuse: 

-Become an award-winning broadcast journalist

-Create a non-profit dedicated to helping women and men with eating disorders

-Meditate on top of a mountain in Tibet

-Live every day fully

-Have a Jimmy John’s sub named after me


Biggest inspiration:

My mom and dad. My dad is very proud to be who he is; a very loud, vibrant, hard working man and my mom always reminds him how important it is to be genuine, humble and positive. I admire their balance so much; I try to embody it in my own way.


Favorite place to be:

With my family on my dad’s boat at sunset in New Jersey.

Or in the studio working on a story.

The first is the most relaxing experience in the world and the second is the most exhilarating.


Favorite food:

Grilled cheese. The most I’ve ever had in one day is five. I’m pretty proud of that.


Guilty pleasure:

Max Greenberg


Something you may not know about Carolyn: 

She models 


Something you’re probably too old to do but you do it anyways:

Winning ugly face contests with my best friends (The key is to really hurt your facial muscles. No pain, no gain).


How do you feel about being campus cutie?

Like I should probably go buy myself a grilled cheese from Sliders to celebrate.


Celebrity crush:

When I was six years old it used to be George Washington…

But now I think I’d have to say it’s Brian Williams or Jimmy Fallon.

When I met Fallon I whispered in his ear “I want to be you” and he winked at me.



If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.


5 Philosophies to Live by:

– Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

– Don’t ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive

– Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. Stay passionately curious and don’t ever write anyone off.

– Unless it’s mad, passionate, extraordinary love, it’s a waste of your time. There are too many mediocre things in life; Love shouldn’t be one of them.

– No matter what you’re schedule for the day may be, wake up every morning thinking “this will be the best day ever” and it will be.


What has Junior Year taught you?

You can become blind by seeing each day blend into one another.

Each day is a different; each day brings a miracle of its own.

It’s just a matter of paying attention to that miracle.


Quotes to live by:

-“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived” –His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

“Far too many people are looking for the right person, instead of trying to be the right person” – Gloria Steinem

“Let the world fascinate you, you’d be amazed at what you find if you just open your eyes.”

Junior studying Magazine Journalism and English at Syracuse University. I write about sex and relationships. When I'm not writing, I'm hanging out with my sorority sisters in Alpha Xi Delta or busting my balls in the nearest gym.
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