From student media, to part-time job, to classes, Cady staying busy.
By BECKY MALEWITZ
Taking a full load of college classes, working for GC3 student media, having a part-time job and being an athlete at Garden City Community College, Brett Cady is a model of time management skills.
"It's refreshing because typically there's an excuse that, 'Well, I have a job, I have to work.' Well, Brett has a job. 'Well, I've got to go to practice.' Well, Brett has to go to practice. 'Well, I've got homework.' Well, Brett's enrolled in 16 credit hours мн-- he came in his freshman year having already taken nine credit hours," said Laura York Guy, GCCC instructor and Student Media adviser. "I think that all of that speaks to his competitive edge, and he's witty. He's very sarcastic, and he calls it like he sees it."
Cady, a 2013 Garden City High School graduate, is a Presidential Ambassador scholar at GCCC. In January, he will be taking on a new role as editor and chief for The Silhouette, the GCCC student newspaper.
"I think what has made Brett come to the forefront as the candidate for editor and chief is his ability to effectively manage people, and he's very good at working with his team. He's a natural born leader," Guy said.
Working for the Sugar Beet, the GCHS student newspaper, during his senior year, Cady found his passion for writing. That led him to the journalism program at GCCC.
"Working here is pretty good," Cady said, speaking about his time working with GC3 media. "It is great to be alongside a bunch of other people who want to do this, rather than in high school, where they took the class because a friend did it. They are taking it because they want to be in it. It's a nice experience."
Coming from a family of six children, Cady has had a lot of experience at being organized. A talent that has served him well balancing his classes, duties at GC3 media, a part-time job as a mortgage loan scanner at Golden Plains Credit Union, and pole vaulting on GCCC's track team.
"You ever go on a trip with six kids?" Cady said with a laugh as he talked about where he developed his organizational skills. "If our mom didn't plan our trips, we would just fight the entire way. Yeah, a lot of the planning came from my mom. I'm a lot like my mom."
As for tips on how he survives the day-to-day grind, Cady keeps it simple.
"I make a lot of lists," he said. "I'm always writing down, 'do math homework, write this story, get interviews, get pictures.' As far as how I humanly, physically do it, I don't know. I wake up every morning, and I just got a lot more energy than everybody else."
Cady and some if his peers recently traveled to New Orleans, where they took part in the 92nd Annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association National College Media Convention. The Silhouette took home fifth place in the Best of Show competition among all non-weekly broadsheet newspapers at two-year colleges in the United States, Canada and other international participants.
In addition to being Cady's first experience on an airplane, the convention allowed him to get a closer look at the newspaper industry.
"We actually didn't want to leave to eat or anything. We just wanted to stay and learn about the newspaper and how to run it more effectively," he said. After leaving GCCC, Cady plans to attend Kansas State University, where he wants to combine writing and his interest in agriculture to get a degree in agricultural communications. In the meantime, he has no doubt he is in the right place.
"There are lot of opportunities for me to be a leader here," he said. "If I had gone off to a big college to start off with, I would not be nearly as involved as I am here doing the presidential stuff, writing for the newspaper, working and I'm pole vaulting too. I would be doing none of that if I were going to K-State. So I get all the experience, and I get the school, but it's more enriching. Plus, it's cheaper."
Guy is excited to see what direction Cady will take GC3 media and has no doubt that there are bright things in his future.
"He's so much smarter than I was at 18. He's very grounded. He's very witty. It's refreshing because when I have a conversation with him, I feel like I'm not talking to a student. It's like sitting and talking to an equal," she said. "I would love for my kids to grow up and be just like Brett. I really would. I often think I need to take his mom to lunch to find out what her secrets are."