Almanack Contributor Izania Gonzalez

A New York native, Izania has her bachelor's degree from RPI in sustainability studies and is currently a student at CUNY's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she's focusing on engagement journalism.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The listening tour is over . . . for now 

summer tour

If I’m honest I don’t want to leave. NYC can’t beat the morning commutes and there’s definitely no hope for my love of hopping in freezing mountain water after a long day. On the bright side, I am of the belief that our Explorer summer listening tour did incredibly well. There was something truly thrilling about showing up to Stewart’s to find someone waiting for you, waiting to tell their stories to us. How lovely. 

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Touring the Adirondacks 

schroon lake

This summer is my first experience in the Adirondack Park. I’m a New York native but I’ve called Westchester County my home for forever and while only about 300 miles apart, the park and my childhood home feel worlds apart. 

I’m studying to be an engagement journalist. Which means that half of my job is to interact with people and most importantly – to listen. My secret; however, is that I’m an introvert so it’s always slightly nerve wracking approaching people to chat but the people of the Adirondacks have made it easy. So many of you who have lingered to chat have remarked on something similar, the sense of community you feel living here – and I can see it. Those who don’t linger still smile and greet me and everyone else with kindness.

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