The main part of my life at Ole Miss revolved around sports and specifically Rebel sports. I was a student volunteer at the Ole Miss Sports Information department and that got me interested in everything "Rebel."
I worked primarily with women's and men's basketball at Ole Miss, though I also worked with men's and women's tennis while working with the SID. In addition to my SID work I also worked at the student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian.
My time at the DM, as it was affectionately called, was spent as a Sports writer covering any women's sport on campus from riflery to volleyball and women's hoops. I also did cover men's tennis and some other sports like that. During my tenure as Sports Editor, i made it my committment to make coverage of women's sports as much of a priority as the men's sports. The work took a lot out of me but it paid off and I enjoyed seeing the fans of those sports happy.
I also got to meet some interesting people through my affiliation with Ole Miss athletics. One of the most memorable is Jennifer Gillom, a standout in the women's basketball program who now plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. Gillom is a wonderful person and a great athlete who has won olympic medals and was named to All-America teams. She is behind only her older sister, Peggie, on the scoring list at Ole Miss.
I am now at Florida, where it all began, and it has been tough being in the same conference with the Rebels and having to work with a team that plays against them. Luckily they don't play often and my friends down here are very understanding. Somehow I have found a way to make it work and even managed to convert some to being Ole Miss fans as well.
I hope that I am able to continue to work in a sports related field in the future becuase that is truly what I love. Whether it is in media relations or covering the sport as a reporter, I know the sideline is where I belong.