What I Love
I love writing. When I was in preschool, I would write short whodunit mysteries involving my classmates; in elementary, I wrote an as-yet unfinished novel about the ongoing war between dogs and squirrels. (I'll get to it eventually.) I'll never stop writing, and I will continue to do so in my professional life.
My first love is music. I played drums throughout grade school and college, and began singing in the 9th grade. After realizing I had a gift for that, I focused my attention on my voice, and made that my minor in undergrad, doing opera scenes, chamber music, and musicals as I could.
I'm a media junkie. I’m subscribed to over 85 podcasts, go to the movies at least once a week, and always have music on in the background. It keeps me focused and present, as paradoxical as it sounds.
My only real sports allegiance is to the Boston Celtics. I also enjoy combat sports of all varieties; I boxed briefly as a hobby, and it gave me an appreciation for the talent, dedication, and perseverance that these sports require to be successful.
Who I Am
I was born in 1990 and raised in Natick, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, I moved out to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. While there, I studied political science and vocal performance, graduating in 2012 with a degree, a really long thesis paper on authoritarian Arab regimes and how they use the Internet to suppress dissent. I enlisted in AmeriCorps in August of that year worked in AmeriCorps VISTA for two years. Still, school called me back. In 2015, I received my Master's degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Now I'm living in Silver Spring, Maryland, where I spent my first two years as a production editor at an independent publishing house.
What I Do
I currently work as a writer and editor for the Association of Community Cancer Centers, writing and editing articles, blog posts, publications, and newsletters, among other things. I run the organization’s social media, where I’ve increased traffic to our website from social media by more than 100% in my first year. My favorite project is the Patient Assistance & Reimbursement Guide, where I compile, edit, and manage the production for a guide that saves cancer patients millions of dollars a year in co-pays and drug costs.
I don't know what my "dream job” is, but I have an ambition: to use my skills for social good. Regardless of status, ability, or achievement, no one is less deserving of basic human rights than anyone else. If I can help people who need it—advocating on their behalf, editing their work, whatever the case may be—I’ll be good.