Hannah Cook

fullsizeoutput_906My STORY:


My story was all about organ donation. I developed my ideas by brainstorming with my family, when we realized that this subject being near to my heart, with my father being a two-time liver recipient. I knew how much that this topic meant to me and my family and I wanted to share that importance with everyone else.

I knew that this was a topic that is greatly important and also one that most people aren’t properly educated or informed on.

With the topic being something that I have dealt with firsthand, I knew the type of people who are usually affected by a transplant.

I located my sources by knowing that a transplant coordinator is needed for each transplant case. I also thought about how it would be interesting to hear the story of organ donation by two people who have been affected by it: a waitlisted patient and a parent of a donor. Each have been affected two completely different ways and their points of view were why they were the best sources for my story.

The main dilemma that I had with my story was trying to keep my personal feelings of the topic out of my story. This story needed to be free of any biased information to really show the importance of the topic. I made sense of all of the information that I gathered and decided I wanted my information to focus on the importance of organ donation.

My focus was set on each of my interviews felt about organ donation, as well as statistics that supported the case. Getting to know what organ donation meant to many different parties in the situation was crucial to my story, to help inform the readers what it means to different people in a donation scenario.

The writing process of my story was tedious, and I learned that the interviewing process can be difficult and take more time than you might think. I was shocked after my first interview, but it got easier after time. I received more information in my story than I could have ever asked for. Many details didn’t even make it to my story.

A detail that surprised me and that didn’t make it to my story is that not one person on the waitlist thought that they’d be there. Often times a person can appear to be a picture of health physically but have failing organs. No one thinks that organ failure will happen to them, and it still does. It is important for people to know what someone with failing organs goes through to help see the importance of organ donation and that is exactly what my story delivered.


I’m your typical girl next door: work all day, homework all night, and as much fun as I can possibly fit in on the weekends.

I grew up in Syracuse, Utah, and graduated from Syracuse High School. I have lived in Utah my entire life. I always knew that I wanted to attend the University of Utah, as my family has always been major Ute fans.

When I am not at school or work I spend my free time spending as much quality time with my family as possible. We love to go to dinner and movies, and of course watching the Utes play.

I have always worked hard all through school and have been very dedicated to be successful.

My dreams seem average but mean so much to me. Though I work hard at work and in school, my dreams always go back to my future. I dream of being the best wife and mom, and making sure that my family will have everything that they could ever need.

I am working diligently toward my degree for the satisfaction of having my education, and to land a job that I love.

My dreams are to have a job that I love and having an adorable family that I am able to go on many adventures with.

I am currently on the downward slope of my junior year at the University of Utah. I will graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Fall of 2019 with a communication major with an emphasis in strategic communication. I am eager to finish my education so that I can further my career in public relations.

My time at the University of Utah has been everything that I ever dreamed of. I have made memories that I will forever cherish, and I can’t wait to see what my last year will bring.