Oh, Why Not?!
Go ahead. Upend your university magazine.
By Maria Henson
My story starts in a tent in Africa. How was it that I found myself with a piece of canvas separating me from the lion roaring in the distance and the hippo snorting and munching on grass inches from my head? What had happened to that teenager I once was, content to parade through Raleigh, North Carolina, shopping malls on the fashion hunt, calling it entertainment?
In 2008, I took a leap from a newspaper career that had led me all over the country for more than 25 years. It’s true I always was an adventurous traveler (post-shopping-mall years), but I had also followed the rules for the career ladder. I had worked my way up at various newspapers, from general assignment reporter to statehouse reporter to Washington correspondent to investigative editor and, at The Sacramento Bee, to deputy editorial page editor. My notion to request a yearlong sabbatical from The Bee to move to Botswana to volunteer at the University of Botswana and at safari lodges seemed crazy, yet my heart told me to go. I had fallen madly in love with the place on vacation the previous year, and my driving question was “Why not?”
And that’s where Wake Forest Magazine comes in.