From a very early age, I knew I wanted to be a journalist. My older sister got her first reporting job when I was but a tot and took me for a tour of the newsroom. I was hooked. The furious pace of the reporters jamming out stories and battling deadlines and editors, the cool, laidback photographers, phones ringing off their hooks. It was intoxicating.

Since then I have been immersed in writing. I wrote for the school newspaper in elementary and middle school and was the editor of my high school paper. Writing was a release for me -- something I could do to relieve stress and clear my head. Since I enjoyed it so much, it seemed logical to pursue it in college.

Last summer I had a very productive internship with the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Fla. I was treated exactly like every other reporter and gained a lot of experience in dealing with editors, photographers, other reporters, interviewees and the community at large. I also amassed dozens of clips for my portfolio. I covered everything from local hot dog vendors to capital murder trials. The experience solidified for me the desire to become a professional journalist. Now, starting my career is just around the corner and I'm looking forward to getting started.

General facts about me

  • Born: January 28, 1985 in Pinehurst, NC
  • Hometown: Westmore, NC
  • Parents: Darlene Monroe and Farrell Monroe (deceased)
  • Siblings: 1 sister, 1 brother both older.
  • Likes: Sports, music of all genres, good movies, travel, spending time with friends, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, stepping on crunchy fall leaves, and thunderstorms.
  • Dislikes: Arrogance, ignorance, spitting, the ill-mannered, bad movies, the summer, traffic and campus parking.