Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University
By Shelbie Murphy
Colleen Romano loves any and all things Beatles and lives by the last line of her favorite song, “the love you make is equal to the love you take.”
The sentiment in that song explains her aspirations to be in the Peace Corps.
“I want to help people, and I want to travel. Some people don’t want to go to Africa or countries that are affected by poverty because it’s sad to see,” Romano said. “I want to go and learn about their culture and I feel like if I can just help one person that would be OK. If you were starving and someone helped you, it would mean everything to you.”
Romano, who is one of 17 students attending a high school journalism camp at EIU, lives in Palos Park near Chicago. She attends Mother McAuley high school, an all girls’ Catholic school. You can usually find her working on the paper, listening to the Beatles, or playing a small role in her school’s musicals.
Romano hasn’t decided what she wants to study in college. Even though she isn’t sure what career to pursue, Colleen knows she wants to go to college in a big city, such as New York, Nashville, Washington, D.C., or Philadelphia.
“My dad is my biggest inspiration. He’s always there for me, no matter what. I can tell him anything and we can just joke around,” she said.
Romano is extremely close to her 19-year-old sister as well.
Her favorite Beatles song is a mash-up of “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End.”
But her reasoning behind this favoritism may surprise you. It’s not just something simple like the lyrics or the beat. It’s how the song makes her feel.
“At the beginning I feel that I could fall asleep because it’s calming, but it isn’t boring. Then it picks up in the middle, and the last line is “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make,” and it just rings true to life,” she said.
This summer, Romano plans on making a variety of college visits, including a couple of Ivy League schools. She is also going to a Paul McCartney concert on July 9th at the United Center in Chicago.
Romano also enjoys reading books, then following them up with the movie. Even though sometimes the movie may not meet her expectations. For example, she recently read “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, and saw the movie. She says, “that movie was a really great representation of the book, and that doesn’t always happen.”