When I was younger, I was very involved in sports. My brother and sister were too. My mom always took my sister and I to cheer and dance, while my dad was with brother at baseball and football. Times got very hectic where we wouldn't see each other a lot because everyone was traveling. But it made our time when we did see each other more genuine. The time we spent traveling I was competing all over the country with my team. I loved cheerleading. It really did help shape my character. Cheerleading taught me leadership, work ethic, teamwork, trust, and allowed me to make friends and memories I'll never forget.
One person who's had a huge impact on my life is my Grandmom. She always treated her grandchildren equally but I swear I was one of her favorites. If I wasn't traveling with cheer or busy with school I used to go spend the weekends at her house and we'd just watch movies together (usually Mama Mia!), eat ice cream with pretzels, and hang out. She was one of my best friends. She was not like a typical grandmother at all. Our "thing" was traveling. We went to Philadelphia, New York, the Jersey Shore, cruised to the Bahamas, and our best trip: a 2 week cruise in Europe. That trip was for my high school graduation and it was amazing. We had the best time learning the history of all the countries we visited and going to countless castles, palaces and museums. I love history like my Grandmom did and that was something we shared. She passed away unexpectedly a few years ago after a simple gallbladder surgery went wrong. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor but healthy as she could be. She was involved in line-dancing, and volunteered at Marineland for fun. She was not the typical grandmother, as I've mentioned. I still miss her everyday and I still get upset thinking about her not being here because we didn't really have time to say goodbye. Despite that, I was able to share 20 years with her and those years were filled with so much love, fun and memories. I learned a lot from her and I know she's proud of me. I'm still a traveler and want to eventually cruise the Mediterranean like we had planned, but never got to do. I'm going on a cruise next week actually, and bringing her white floppy hat she wore when we went to the beach all the time - so it'll be like she's coming with me on this trip, but in spirit.
As of now, I'm a coffee-addicted college senior at the University of Florida studying Telecommunication-News. I love story-telling and news, so I am exactly where I need to be. I've been blessed with so many opportunities and experiences at UF that I can't imagine getting anywhere else. I landed at job in my home-town of Jacksonville for a year as an Associate Producer. I earned some money while gaining even more experience so I lucked out big time rather than having to do an unpaid internship. I even got some air time on Friday nights reporting on upcoming weekend happenings. Back in Gainesville at UF, I'm MMJ reporting and anchoring for WUFT-TV. I've made some amazing friends in Gainesville and couldn't be more happy with where my life is going. I'm graduating in December with honors and can't wait to see what the future holds.
First Coast News -- Jimmy & Brittany in Jax
WUFT News MMJ work -- FL Team Cheer Gators on the Road to Nationals
Resume -- Brittany Bassler