About Alli

This is a photo of me jumping off a cliff in Nerja, Spain.

I am a second-year journalism student at the University of Florida. An aspiring multimedia journalist for organizations like National Geographic, I am passionate about sharing the world's stories and documenting its people, places, joys, challenges, triumphs and failures.

Right now, I'm a reporter for The North Florida Herald. You can search the website for my name to read recent stories I've written, or check out my Clips page to read more of my published work.

I also recently collaborated with four other undergraduates in UF's College of Journalism and Communications to unveil the 21st Century News Laboratory. I gave a brief presentation for President Machen, Dean Wright, professors, distinguished alumni and other important people. It was very exciting and I was honored to be included. You can watch the presentation we gave on new media and journalism's revolution here.

What you won't find on my resume.

When not at school in Gainesville, my home is in Fort Pierce, Fla., with my parents, younger brother and pets. I grew up close to the beach, learned to surf at age 15, and love being in and around the water.

I'm an extremely active person with many interests and passions. I love exercising and being outside, so throughout high school I played soccer and ran hurdles for my track team.

Now I'm on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club team at the University of Florida. We are sponsored by UF's Student Government and play competively in tournaments all over the Southeast.

My parents both love to travel, and they took me all over the U.S. and to several foreign countries as a child. Ever since, I've had an unquenchable desire to travel, see the world, meet new people, experience different cultures and have adventures.

A nature lover, I was immediately drawn to UF's Travel and Recreation Program, TRiP. I've gone backpacking, whitewater rafting and rockclimbing with the program, and this semester I'm applying to be a TRiP leader.

Every two months, I donate blood, and I try to volunteer within the community as often as possible. I've built houses with Habitat for Humanity several times, and I assembled meals for low-income communities with the Campus Kitchens Project chapter at UF during my freshman year.

Another one of my passions is music. I began taking piano lessons at age 7 then switched over to classical guitar at 13.
I still love to play guitar when I have the time, and I'm dying to learn how to play different styles besides classical, such as rock 'n' roll and blues.