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What's in Your Backpack?

A profile of journalism student Barflaan Tedoe
March 1, 2016
This article was originally published in Legacy magazine in spring 2015.

“My brother’s water bottle,” says Barflaan Tedoe, a junior majoring in journalism and sports management. His deceased brother’s initials on the bottle inspire him to “bring a voice to the voiceless,” he says, a goal he hopes to reach by pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.

Tedoe was recently profiled by local
media as "A Minnesotan to Meet" 
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Tedoe’s passion for journalism goes back to his preschool years, when he and his mother watched NBC’s “Today” show every morning. “I was a lot more informed than the normal 4-year-old,” he says with a laugh.

Today, Tedoe is keeping other U of M students informed through student-run Gopher TV, where he’s both behind the camera and in front of it. And as an assistant admissions counselor, he shares his enthusiasm for the U with prospective students. “It’s about helping people feel comfortable here,” he says. “There are so many opportunities at the U, but you have to make use of them.”

Tedoe, a recipient of the John B. Cronin Scholarship, has taken his own advice to heart. He’s involved in the Minnesota Student Association and the Black Student Union, and is a peer mentor at the U’s Huntley House, a living-learning community for African American males.

“My brother laid a foundation for being remembered in a positive way,” he says. “I want to leave a legacy here; I want to feel like I’ve had a positive impact on my school.”