Introducing Jacob Factor. He is The Luther Register’s intern for the semester, and beyond. Since he is an aspiring journalist, it seemed a good writing assignment was to make him write about himself. You might have seen him around already. He has been to a Luther School Board Meeting, a Luther Town Board meeting. He covered basketball homecoming, and the exciting announcement of the Devon Science Award at LHS. The most impressive thing about Jacob thus far – he is doing the thing that is drilled into college students’ heads. PURSUE INTERNSHIPS! And, he picked LUTHER because he liked the town when he drove through. How about that?
Meet Jacob Factor
I’m originally from Sapulpa. My mother is a preschool teacher and my father is a high school calculus teacher. My dad moved around a lot for his job so I went to four different high schools: Booker T. Washington in Tulsa, Pawhuska, Skiatook, and Sapulpa. I’m currently a freshman at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee majoring in journalism.
Journalism isn’t something I’ve always wanted to do, however. Originally, I was going to go into medicine and be a doctor in inner-city Tulsa. I wanted to provide healthcare to people who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it. I even won an award for that plan and went to Washington D.C. for it. Despite that, I found that science wasn’t the right fit, so I changed my focus to law. I shadowed lawyers and found a liking in criminal defense. I wanted to be an advocate for people who didn’t have anyone on their side. The only problem with law was that I wouldn’t be able to work with people as much as I wanted to. It was during this time that I joined an online news writing site at my school and fell in love with journalism. It was a field that combined my interests in working with people and telling their stories. It would enable me to show compassion for people in ways that medicine and law couldn’t. Journalism is also what brought me to The Luther Register.
I love going through small towns so when I was driving home to Sapulpa from Oklahoma City for Christmas break I decided to take Route 66 instead of the interstate. I had just changed my major to Journalism and news was on my mind, so when I got home I started looking for the news sites of the towns that I went through. I searched Arcadia, Wellston and Warwick and couldn’t find anything. Then I searched for Luther and found The Luther Register. I started reading the articles and when I got to the one year anniversary post I was in awe of the way that Dawn started the paper. I knew this this was a person I wanted to learn from, so I jumped at the possibility of working with her. I couldn’t be more thrilled to start writing news for your town.
This past Christmas break I went to Belize on a mission trip with my church. This was my sixth time to go to Belize and my church has been going for the past ten years. We work with a local missionary named Gregorio and go to different villages, schools and farms in the area. We do VBS with the kids at these places and build relationships with everyone. Belize has become something of a second home to me, and I plan on going there many more times in the future so I can keep building relationships with the people I’ve met.
Welcome Jacob! Let’s load him up with stories.