Humans of the U: Arielle Gulley

“When I transferred from Salt Lake Community College to the University of Utah in 2018, I decided to pursue a degree in communication. I had wanted a versatile degree but also to do something I loved.

I’ve always loved writing since it doesn’t typically involve how you look or where you come from. It’s simply the words you are putting on the paper. I’ve never liked being judged based on appearance or a perceived persona. I appreciate being judged on the work I can bring to the table.

This is a crazy time for media in general, but I think being educated in journalistic writing will help me in the long run. I don’t know what my next move is regarding my career. I do know I want to go to graduate school, though, and focus more on my writing.

I’ve always loved watching movies and television shows, and I have such an appreciation for the seamless banter that certain shows create, this quick back and forth between characters. I want to be able to write for the screen one day. One of my favorite writers is Dan Harmon. He created ‘Community’ and ‘Rick and Morty.’ His writing itself is funny but the way he writes is what sets him apart. It’s entertaining but it also makes you think. If you’re not quick enough, then you miss the joke.

The education I’ve received at the U is something I will always be grateful for. I’m sad to see my time here coming to an end—and even sadder about the circumstances of how it is ending. However, I will celebrate my time at the U as one of the greatest experiences in my life so far.”

—Arielle Gulley, senior majoring in communication with an emphasis in journalism