As a Boise State student Bustillo has been active in various student organizations. She credits much of her success to involvement with the Talkin’ Bronco, the university’s national, award-winning, student debate team. She chose Boise State to be part of the Talkin’ Broncos and joined the team during her first year of college. Bustillo is now the Vice President of the debate team and has won over 50 awards including national titles, regional awards, and individual tournament placings.
Bustillo credits debate with improving her critical thinking and reporting skills. Talkin’ Broncos helped her develop effective research methods and storytelling techniques, both of which fueled her passion for journalism.
“I believe that current events need to be a bigger part of the education system. I see journalism as a method to help educate the public on items happening around them and as a platform to give voices a space to speak,” Bustillo said.