Social Anxiety to Social Butterfly

Ethan Moore poses for a picture during HSJI camp. Moore will be going into his second semester of yearbook as the Academics editor.

Ever since he was a kid, Ethan Moore was quiet and collected. Going through grade school, Ethan Moore had social anxiety that affected his daily life. He found comfort in activities like reading and loved keeping up with academics. In public settings, Moore found himself reserved and even had his mom order for him at restaurants up until seventh grade.

“I was very reserved and kind of just timid, but that all changed when I was interacting with people in journalism and forcing myself to go out into the world and get out of my box.”

Journalism for Moore was an escape out of old habits and fears; a way to make him open up and change his personality. He describes as feeling totally transformed from the person he was Freshman year. Even believing that he is still constantly improving on himself and his skills in communication, being a team member, leadership, and journalism. Although the change for Moore did not happen right away.

“The change really came about a few months into joining my first publication. I had prior friends on staff that I had met through freshman orientation…even knowing people before it was hard because there were already established cliques and I was still that socially awkward kid.”

Despite the difficulty of breaking through his shell, Moore made it a priority to keep trying in his work.

“Which is what really drew me to Journalism and Publications in general. Not only make something that will improve others lives but also in the process improve my own.”