Kristina Valdez | Editor-in-Chief
Kristina Valdez is a junior journalism major from Irving, Texas. Kristina has a passion for writing about topics that capture everyone’s attention. Whether it is politics, food, fashion or entertainment, Kristina wants to stick her pen in it. She loves what’s new, controversial and interesting.
After graduation, Kristina plans to move to New York City. She will have to get the hang of public transportation if she hopes to break into the magazine industry. When she isn’t on her laptop or picking up a late lunch, Kristina is sitting on her couch with the remote in her hand and popcorn in her lap, channeling some Olivia Pope vibes.
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Gloria Steinem
Austria Arnold | Chief Business Officer
Austria Arnold is a junior journalism major from Terrell, Texas. Growing up on a ranch, she can often be found horseback or raising vizsla puppies. Austria is passionate about sharing the gospel and loves to be with family and friends. She also enjoys indoor skydiving, cooking and playing sports.
Austria passionately reads theSkimm and frequently writes restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor, always with an iced tea in hand. She loves to travel and dreams of visiting all seven continents by the age of 70. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Austria is passionate about small businesses. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and eventually practice media law.
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” -Babe Ruth
Christina Muñoz | Digital Communications Specialist
Christina Muñoz is a junior advertising major with an emphasis in business. Originally from New Jersey, she now happily calls Waco home.
With a passion for staying active, you can find her training for the Bearathon or playing soccer with friends outside of class. In addition to her time spent with The Bundle, Christina serves as the web designer for her sorority, Kappa Chi Alpha, plays the piano and practices Spanish.
Although she’s unsure whether she will end up in Texas or go back to New Jersey after her time as a Baylor Bear, she hopes to establish a career where she can advertise healthy living, and, later on in life, she’d like to use her advertising skills to serve nonprofit organizations.
Christina feels blessed to have this opportunity as a staff member and looks forward to sharing her experiences through The Bundle.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
Clarissa Pompa | Staff Writer
Clarissa Pompa is a senior journalism major with a concentration in photography and is from Helotes, Texas. Her origin story consists of being raised on comics that featured Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Jimmy Olsen, and Peter Parker. Combine that with family members who have all pursued photography at some point, you have the perfect formula for a budding Peter Parker. With fewer webs and hopefully less Parker luck.
However, as she progresses through college, she finds herself torn between her origin and her new passion: theatre (which leaves her father baffled). Odds are that if she has her headphones in, she’s listening to a carefully cultivated playlist of musicals that require incredible self-restraint to not sing along to. As of right now, the main question in her life is how to work for Playbill or DC.
“Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” Madeleine L’Engle
Taylor Mitchell | Staff Writer
Taylor Mitchell is a junior journalism major from Mesquite, Texas. Who loves to be adventurous and have fun. If she’s not writing poetry, cooking, or hosting a spontaneous photo shoot then you can catch her laughing with her friends and family. Taylor is a very lively person who is full of never-ending stories and she values family as one of the most important things.
After visiting California for the summer Taylor is determined to move there for at least a year after graduating college. Taylor hopes to work for a sports or entertainment public relations firm, with the dream of one day opening up her own firm. As of right now, Taylor is keeping herself busy working to make her dreams a reality and she and can’t wait to see where the road takes her.
“Do it now, sometimes later never comes.” – Unknown
Laura Sliker | Staff Writer
Laura Sliker is a senior journalism/advertising major from Hewitt, Texas. If you want to find her outside of class hours, just look for her dog Walter, or loudly announce you’re about to play a Disney movie. She’s driven and dynamic, her class clown demeanor hiding an ambition that never rests.
Once she finishes her two degrees, Laura is ready to leave Texas and find her happily ever after in California, Florida, or New York. Her real business is making magic, and she just can’t wait to get down to it.
“If you take a chance, either good things happen or bad things happen. If you don’t take a chance, honey, nothing happens.” – Bea Arthur
DJ Ramirez | Staff Writer
Dajanne “DJ” Ramirez (pronounced like Diane) is a sophomore journalism: new media major from Houston, TX, but moved to Waco from southern Louisiana where her family has lived for the past seven years. She holds a passion for storytelling and baseball and her goal as a sports journalist is to one day call baseball games for broadcast either on radio or television.
DJ is inspired by the many ways that storytelling takes form, such as through books, movies, music, photographs, or on stage. Despite being quite unathletic, she loves sports, and because of her fascination with Harry Potter, she is a proud member of the Baylor Quidditch Association. She is very excited to be part of The Bundle Magazine and hopes to inspire other writers to write untraditionally and boldly.
“It is the life-affirming genius of baseball that the short can pummel the tall, the rotund can make fools of the sleek, and no matter how far down you find yourself in the bottom of the ninth you can always pull out a miracle.” – Bill Vaughn
Katie Stewart | Staff Writer
Katie Stewart is a senior news-editorial major and studio art minor at Baylor University and will be graduating in December 2018. Before becoming a Wacoan and Baylor student, she was a fine arts major and classical pianist. She loves the Blues, American Folk and Jazz Manouche and will, before long, become a singer/songwriter playing her music across Texas.
When not pursuing her creative outlets, Katie, who loves old people, takes care of Miss Granny (her grandmother) and gets a few rounds of golf in with Grandpa Bill, who easily shoots 74. Waco’s Dogtopia and the HOT dog park are familiar places to Katie and her big black dog named John. Oh—and she loves artisan cheese, reading, podcasts and red wine.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you to our amazing photographer, Lindsey Reynolds!