I love words. Let’s see what mine can do.
Every day presents the opportunity of a new story to tell.
I am currently pursuing my M.A. in Mass Communication at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. I also work as a Staff Reporter for The Cougar (formerly known as The Daily Cougar) and a typist at Champions Printing and Publishing, Inc. I received my undergraduate degree in English (with a minor in Creative Writing) from Sam Houston State University in fall 2013.
I am a hands-on learner. I jump right in and learn best by doing. In the past, I have seen success in managing groups of people as a Supplemental Instruction Leader at UTSA.
I’m curious to my core. I ask questions. If I want to know more, I do research.
I am passionate about humanizing humanity. One of my favorite projects is Humans of New York (HONY). Everyone has a story to tell, a different perspective. I encourage the sharing and discussion of these perspectives through my Question of the Day exercise. Through QOTD, fear can be replaced with curiosity and healthy progress can be made.
I love organizing! I have binders for everything: school information, budgeting, work, my portfolio, vacation plans, etc. I keep tons of lists. They’re indispensable!
I’m what people would call a “Grammar Nazi.” I constantly explain the difference between “your” and “you’re” and discuss common grammar and spelling mistakes. I believe in the power of knowledge and education to create a better, more efficient world.
I’m a big fan of the horror genre, specifically anything that employs the use of subtlety, such as The Strangers. I wholeheartedly agree with H.P. Lovecraft’s statement on horror: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Lovecraft’s ability to take something so simple and make it into a terrifying power is just beautiful to me.
Typography and design are my secondary interests. If I wasn’t in journalism, I’d be doing design.
On a more personal note, I suffer from an incurable nerve disease known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS-1). For years, I experienced debilitating chronic foot pain that put me in a wheelchair/on crutches from 2008 to September 2011. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ioannis Skaribas and St. Jude’s incredible Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS), I have been walking since September 2011. My philosophy is this: I have this disease, but it will NEVER have me. To learn about this disease, check out RSDS.org. To hear more about my story, watch the KHOU segment by clicking here.