I’m a senior in the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I study Journalism and Political Science, with a minor in International Relations. I’m also a writer with a strong interest in digital media and publishing. I am passionate about access to education, traveling, international politics, and women’s empowerment.

I am a managing editor and magazine writer for The Smart Girls Group, an online empowerment network for young women. I am a staff news writer for The Massachusetts Daily Collegian. I write a personal blog, The Second Page, and have freelanced for various sites. I’m experienced in using Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Facebook, and other social media sites.

I was born in raised in Boston, MA, and growing up in the city shaped who I am today in many ways, including learning to my Red Sox hat proudly. I spent the Spring 2014 semester studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, where I took French and Political Science classes, lived with a host family, and successfully adapted to a foreign culture. It’s cliche to describe the experience as life-altering, but there’s really no better way.

I majored in journalism because I couldn’t really imagine studying anything else. I spent evenings in the college newspaper room because that was where I felt safest, surrounded by “my people”, the ones who loved putting words together in just the right way as much as I did. I love that journalism is a public service: a way to educate, bring attention to issues, and help people. I can’t ever see myself doing anything different.

I plan to pursue a career in digital media or editing after I graduate in May 2015. Until then, I’m soaking up as much knowledge as I can to help me land my dream job.