Cadence Bambenek is a lover of words and dystopian novels. Her experience at newspapers has lead her to current position Psychology Today. Her work can be found on her website, and, in this interview, we’ll chat about what makes her amazing.
Hussain: What lead you to where you are now?
In college, it took some time for me to get my bearings I sampled a lot of different student organizations before finally joining a student organization dedicated to entrepreneurship. Shortly after, I began writing for one of the student newspapers, The Badger Herald, as a campus news reporter. I ultimately became the vice president of Transcend engineering, meaning I was really lugged into different projects and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. And at The Badger Herald, I really enjoyed interviewing professors about their research as a campus reporter, and happily took on the position of Tech Writer for the paper. That same semester, I picked up an internship at the Wisconsin State Journal, and I think it was the combination of experiences that landed me an internship at Business Insider writing about technology last summer. It was an amazing experience writing at a national digital publication that ultimately helped me realize it wasn’t quite what I wanted to do. Last November, a former editor of mine at The Badger Herald who really enjoyed one of the science-focused stories I put together, encouraged me to apply to the NASW travel fellowship to attend the same AAAS conference she had attended a year prior. I applied to the fellowship, was accepted and discovered the world of science writing! Which brought a lot of clarification yet complication to my life.