With my interest in the arts and writing, South Carolina might not be the first place I'd choose to live, but it's where I've been all my 21 years.
I spent my childhood summers at Sullivan's Island, only a couple of hours from my Midlands hometown. On lazy nights in our old beach house, my father would weave tales, pulling characters from the air, each with their own wild or wacky voice and history.
I couldn't speak in crazy accents or make up fairy tales, so I began looking for characters all around me. I learned the joy in finding something different and describing it on the page.
My interest in journalism began, as is often the case, during high school working on the yearbook, newspaper and literary magazine staffs. (I might have been a little influenced by an obsession with NBC news anchor Brian Williams too.)
In high school, however, journalism was a hobby, and painting and piano were my life. Making journalism more than just a hobby wasn't easy; it meant putting art and music in the back seat.
As I come to the end of my time at USC, I find myself looking toward a path where journalism may also find itself moved to the back seat as I renew my time with art or pursue a career in law. But wherever I end up, I'll always remember how to tell a story.