George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Master of Fine Arts in Fiction, ongoing
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing (cum laude), May 2012
Dean’s List (GPA of 3.5+/4.0), Fall 2009-Spring 2012. Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society (2010-2012).
Related coursework: Journalism classes including Newsgathering, News Writing, Magazine Writing, Literary Journal and Documenting Social Movements. Communications classes including Small Group Communications and Business French.
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (2017-present)
Graduate teaching assistant and personal statement specialist. Assigned to GMU’s honor’s college to aid students applying for fellowships in personal statement craft.
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA (2012- 2017)
Reporter, Fredericksburg Business Insider editor. Worked on a number of beats including education, healthcare, social services, local government and business. Duties have included writing and researching articles, and curating and creating content for a daily newsletter with readership of 6,000.
UMW Writing Center, Fredericksburg VA (2011)
Writing Tutor. Read, critiqued and edited work by students needing help with written assignments of all disciplines, wrote summaries of appointments for professors at the University of Mary Washington.
The Courier Record, Blackstone, VA (2011)
Reporting/Photography Intern Researched and reported articles for a weekly newspaper, mostly event coverage and features on local residents or events. Photographed events and subjects.
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA (2010)
Reporting Intern. Researched and reported articles on a broad spectrum of topics including politics, crime, health, science, business and entertainment.
UMW Bullet, Fredericksburg, VA (2009-2012)
Editor-in-Chief Edited all articles included in the paper, approved all layout, wrote staff editorials, dealt one on one with readers, managed staff, attended business meetings with the university and printer. (2011-2012)
Assistant News Editor Aided editors with copy editing and layout, writing breaking coverage for the paper.
News Editor Edited and designed three pages of the newspaper every week, wrote weekly Police Beat column, wrote for the news section, designed advertisements, wrote staff editorials. (2010-2011)
Staff Writer Wrote articles for both the news and features sections of the campus newspaper. (2009-2010)
UMW Aubade, Fredericksburg, VA (2010-2012)
Editor-in-Chief Approved all material for the magazine, managed staff, attended business meetings with the university and printer. (2011-2012)
Prose Editor Chose material for the campus literary magazine from a pool of submissions, formatted this material for publication. (2010-2011)
Virginia Press Association: Business and Financial Writing (2015); Health, Science and Environmental Writing First Place (2014); Feature Writing Third Place (2016); Multimedia News Report Third Place (2014); Education Writing Third Place (2013); General News Writing Second Place (2010)
2014 Virginia School Boards Association Media Honor Roll Award
English (native language), French (advanced level)
Photoshop, iMovie, QuarkXPress, inDesign, TownNews, GN3 publishing, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, WordPress, some GIS training.