When I came to college in 2014, I had no clue which direction I would be pulled in. I figured it might be best to go down the business school route but after just a few of those prerequisite classes, it was pretty clear to me that business school was not where I wanted to end up. It was not until taking a few writing classes and stumbling upon other Grady students that I realized that being a journalism major might just be the right fit for me, and after just a few weeks in the Introduction to Journalism course, I knew I was right.
It is now 2017 and I have just one more semester before I graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism and more passion for this field than I could have ever imagined.
On any given day of the week, you can most likely find me in the control room of Grady College’s student-run broadcast, Grady Newsource, as I am a show manager working on all things technical for our live broadcasts. Outside of Newsource, I serve as Marketing Director for Grady’s student chapter of ONA and SPJ, along with being active members of the broadcast society, DiGamma Kappa, and the student chapter of NPPA.
Outside of Grady, I am most likely out and about with my camera, taking photos and video for the photo
and multimedia desk of The Red & Black, the off-campus student newspaper that serves the UGA and Athens community. I also work as a business manager for Jamie Calkin, a local artist who showcases his art across Athens and through the Metro Atlanta area.
After I graduate, I am not quite sure yet what path I will take but I know I want to continue creating visual content for news organizations. Going out on assignment to shoot and and the editing process is something that I have continuously enjoyed throughout my college career, and would love to have the opportunity to continue that out in the field. On the other hand, continuing to work on the technical side of broadcast production is another option for me, but I will just have to wait and see which path is the right fit for me in the long run.