A star was born when OneNet’s newest member, Alex Franklin joined the team as the strategic planning and communications intern. Alex designs graphic materials for print, web and social media. She also writes feature stories and content for the OneNet website. Anything that has to do with multimedia—Alex is your girl!
“OneNet is filled with so many people who are brilliant with technology, and since I’m not familiar with a lot of technical concepts, sometimes it’s difficult for me to understand what exactly they’re saying or doing, even when I’m supposed to be writing about it,” Alex said when she was asked what she finds most challenging in her position. “I have to have things explained to me in very simplistic terms.”
However, Alex said she really enjoys her position.
“I feel like all of my work involves advocating for the future of our state,” she said. “Internet is more than Facebook and Candy Crush, and sometimes I feel like people forget how important it is for students and adults to be engaged in the digital world and how internet allows us to collaborate more than ever. When I write a story or design a graphic, I feel like I’m telling the story of OneNet and how we are legitimately improving communities.”
Alex received her first digital camera when she was 12, and it was about the size of a brick.
“From that point on, I was hooked,” she said. “I knew I wanted a career that involved communications. When I went to college, everyone told me I would switch my major three or four times, but I never did. I found my passion when I was young and have stuck with it.”
Recently, Alex and her family vacationed in Albuquerque for the International Balloon Festival. She and her family woke up at 4 a.m. to watch hundreds of balloons take off into the sky.
“It was one of the most beautiful and peaceful things I’d ever experienced,” Alex said.
In additional to travel, Alex loves legitimate Chinese food, not to be confused with Panda Express. In keeping with the international theme, she is in graduate school studying international economic development.
“I would spend my whole life in school if I could, but right now I can’t think past the 14 books I have to read for a class next semester,” she said.
The one thing that you might not know about Alex is that she has a green thumb. If she had to live another life, she would want to be a florist.
Thoughtful, persistent and faithful are three words that describe Alex—pretty great combination, we’d say. Alex’s favorite quote says, “When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I,” from Psalm 61:2.