Tuesday, January 23, 2007

By Way of Introduction

My name is Mike Vick. I'm a Senior Political Science Major, and a Journalism Minor. I plan to be a reporter after college. I currently work for Trader Joe's in Emeryville, California, and I intern at New America Media, an ethnic media organization headquartered south of Market in San Francisco. My main interests are politics, religion, and writing.

I was born in Daly City, California, and lived in various places on the peninsula until I was five years old. My family moved to Crescent City, California when I was five. Crescent City is a small town on the Northern California coast about twenty minutes from the Oregon border. I lived there until the end of my Freshman year of high school. I lived with my dad in South San Francisco during my Sophomore year of high school.

From my Junior year of high school until my second year of college, I lived in Kentucky. My dad wanted my sister to live with us, and when we went on vacation to visit family in Kentucky, she liked it enough that she wanted to move there. I wasn't excited about it at first, but Kentucky grew on me. I enjoyed my time there, and got more involved in my faith.

My dad came back to California a little over two years ago, and he asked if I wanted to come back with him. I took a semester off school, and then enrolled at USF. We currently live in Emeryville, California. This will likely be my last full semester at USF, as I only need a few more classes after this semster to graduate. I'll probably stay in California for a little while, but I might move after that. Beyond getting into journalism, I'm not sure where I plan to live. I would like to go abroad, but I'll probably stay here in the United States for a while before I do.

In my free time, I enjoy reading and watching movies. I am particularly fond of science fiction and fantasy, but I also enjoy comedies, dramas and action movies. I am a big movie fan. Unfortunately, the price of theater tickets has become so high that I typically don't go to see a movie in the theater unless it is a major special effects movie that deserves to be seen on a big screen.

I am also an avid reader of comic books. I collect most of the books that DC Comics puts out. I initially was a fan of Superman comics, and branched out into the team books and other characters in the Batman family, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and others. Comics are my one major hobby, and I spend quite a bit of time working on my collection through purchases at local stores, conventions and eBay. It is an enjoyable pastime, and is a great way to escape.