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Having grown up in various cities has given me a sense of curiosity and adventure that those who grow up in one place might not experience. When I was 10 months old my family moved from my hometown of Nashville, Tenn. to St. Louis, Mo., eventually relocating to Houston, Chicago and Virginia Beach, Va. before ending up in tiny Homosassa, Fl., where my dad currently works as the advertising director of the newspaper there.

My sister also works for a newspaper, the Fort Worth Weekly in Fort Worth, Texas, so newspapers were an important part of my life even before I decided to go into journalism.

I'm currently a first-year graduate student in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. After I got an Associate's Degree from University of North Florida, I transferred to UF, where I received my BA in English on December 18, 2008. In addition to being enrolled full-time, I also conduct research part time for Dr. Lynda Kaid, studying the role of the media in the 2008 presidential election.

Over the summer of 2009 I worked full-time for the Citrus County Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Crystal River, FL, covering the 'cops' beat. It was not the average summer job, and I learned more about journalism in those three months than I ever could in a Reporting class.

Being in grad school doesn't lend too much time to hobbies, but when I do have free time I like to find new music to listen to by reading Spin Magazine and blogs like Pitchfork and Stereogum.

I also like lolcats , literature and college football and I love a good crossword puzzle. I pick up the Alligator and the Gainesville Sun every day, scanning the articles before I fold it over to complete my daily ritual. And as you can see, having a newspaper handy runs in the family.