About me

Hello, my name is Olin Meinders. I am a sophomore at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. I grew up right outside of Des Moines in Prairie City, and attended PCM High School.

My friends and I in Arizona.

At Drake, I’ve had the opportunity to expand my horizon and gain valuable life experience. It’s been a great fit so far, there’s even a building at Drake that I phonetically share name with: Olin Hall (My full name is Olin Hol Meinders). Despite being raised just 30 minutes away from downtown Des Moines, adjusting to life at Drake was not easy. Initially, I felt like a lost small-town kid. However, it only took a couple months for my college to feel like a second home.

College has allowed my gain valuable professional experience too. I was able to intern for a senatorial campaign during my first semester. I created video clips for the campaign’s social media, photographed an event, and digitally archived media.

The Iowa caucuses were a great opportunity for me to further explore the world of mass media and communications. Last January, CNN came to Des Moines to host a presidential debate on Drake’s campus. This gave me the chance to work for CNN for a week as a production assistant. The day before the debate, I participated in a mock debate where I took questions from Wolf Blitzer. The experience is one of my favorite memories from the past year.

Later that month, I held a position with CBS News as a news runner. I assisted the production team and further saw how a national news outlet operates.

During that time, I was enrolled in a January Term course offered by Drake that was aimed to allow first-year students to go back to campus to work for a political organization. The Republican Party of Iowa took me on as a communications intern.

I called hundreds of managers or secretaries of public buildings such as schools, city halls, churches, and even one man’s house to confirm information about the caucus sites.  

I enjoy spending time with my friends, watching sports, hiking, analog/digital photography, exercising, and walking my dog. I have a passion for traveling, baseball, and beagles. I’ve been a Yankees fan for ten years, and have had at least one beagle in my family for my whole life.