Admitted students experienced Birmingham-Southern at the Select 'Southern event held on March 1-2, 2015.
"The uniqueness of BSC is that students are taught to use their minds. We learned that success will flow from that."
His advice to aspiring journalists is to write a lot and to stay encouraged. "Except for the geniuses like Hemingway or Faulkner, we all have some bad writing that has to get out of us before we get to the good stuff."
He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1992 for "Grady's Gift," and is former executive editor of The New York Times.
His classmates include authors Charles Gaines and Sena Jeter Naslund.
Raines is also the author of:
My Soul is Rested (1977-reprinted in 1983)
Whiskey Man (1977)
Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis (1993-reprinted in 2006)
The One That Got Away (2006)