I stumbled into journalism hoping it would land me a conversation with a boy I had a crush on in eighth grade. He was into sports, and I thought I should be too.
After an internship with the sports section of the Post and Courier of Charleston fell through, I ended up working with a zany feature writer at the Charleston City Paper, an arts and entertainment weekly.
One week in, I was hooked, and desperately seeking the attention of a middle school boy was no longer my aim. I loved the thrill of breaking stories, the camaraderie of the newsroom and that each day was a little different.
Moreover, I loved that I had permission to ask questions and that it was expected of me.
Now, at 21, I still love all of those elements of journalism. Plus, there aren't many jobs where your hobbies can become your assignments. I enjoy being outside, cooking and reading, and I am always looking for ways to do related stories.
But beyond fun features about things I find interesting, I believe journalism has the power to transform a community. Journalism is about finding out what is going on in an area and more importantly why it matters. It's telling the story in a way that gives readers the tools to take action on what they've read.
I'm passionate about making a difference in people's lives through the power of a good story.