I was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois. During undergrad, I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I graduated with honors and distinction in English and with a minor in communication. Before switching to English, I majored in both architecture and animal sciences. Although I ultimately decided English was the subject I felt most at home in, I carry all three of my majors with me through the furry creatures that rule my home and the buildings that I would love to someday restore.
During the last two years of my undergrad, I was a writer, columnist and editor for buzz weekly. After working as editor of the Community section for three months, I took over and built up the Arts and Entertainment section of the publication. A perfect fit, the switch went well with my newly discovered status as a theatre kid in the New Revels Players. I also competed on the western team for the Illini Equestrians and helped a friend start a kayaking club called Yakity Yak Kayak, after she fell in love with ocean kayaking during a trip to Australia.
After graduation, I became a graduate student at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Although initially a magazine student, I quickly made the jump to interactive publishing and enjoyed learning a whole new language. Actually, several new languages. I’m looking forward to learning more about coding and design as I move forward.
After finishing up an editorial internship for The Irish Times in Dublin, IRE, I am back in Chicago and looking for my next adventure!