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My entire life, I’ve always been taught to give back however I could. It only took me upwards of 15 years to figure out how I could possibly apply that to my chosen field of study. I’ve written stories and articles since I was a little girl; I always knew I would be in this field. It was difficult to figure out how my giving spirit and unbiased writing style could go together until one day it struck me that if I simply gave people the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I’d be more than fulfilling my goals.
Being a journalist should never be about furthering yourself. Once you take a job in the field, you become a public servant and are, or rather should be, bound by the SPJ Code of Ethics. Your sole purpose should be to share truths with your readership and make sure their needs as a community are being met. For me, it’s sometimes hard to remember that I should be reporting for others, and not necessarily on what I find interesting that week. Humans are inherently a little bit selfish; I’m sure even the most altruistic of their sorts derive a little pleasure from helping others.
It’s never been a choice for me to help people. I’ve always just kind of set out to use my knowledge and skill set to teach others the truths about their world.

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My Passion is Football

The reason I like football is because of the pure, unbridled force it takes to succeed.  That is a lot like life, you need to be aggressive to get what you want (in football, it’s the ball).  Man’s most primal form is apparent when playing football by the way force is used to achieve the ultimate object.  Just you and your fellow teammates against an opposition that stands no chance.  As one single being you will lose, but with your fellow teammates, you can show the entire country that you are the best!

Another reason I like football a lot is because it involves a lot of strategy.  The coach from the sidelines is the ultimate play-caller in what he believes is the best strategy to either stop the other team or drive them down the field.  With only 16 games in a season, every game, play, and down counts.  With 32 teams in this beautiful league, the play style can be ultra competitive.  There’s nothing quite like that thrill of the final weeks leading up to the playoffs where a team is really considered successful or a bust.

Those are just a few things I like when it comes to the game of football.




My Passion – Telling Stories

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about writing. I’ve kept a journal for almost as long as I’ve been able to write and I enjoy recording events in my life… even the ones that seem mundane and unimportant. I have a knack for making even the smallest things sound important. I love to tell a story about buying the last sweater at a store like I was adopting the last orphan of a third world country. Throughout my life I have been a lot of places. My family moved a lot, and the dynamic of my family went through some pretty durastic changes, so over the years these journals have become priceless to me. They’re records of so many times in my life that would otherwise be gone completely. Even moments I swore at the time were unforgettable, now challenge my senses to recall… until I refer to my notebooks.

My biggest passion, however, is not telling my own story. I really love telling other people’s stories. I enjoy getting to see things from their perspective and walking in their shoes long enough to tell the story as if it were my own. This only applies to true stories, I’m no fan of fantasy as I have found that real life is just so much stranger than fantasy. The stories I love to hear are the kind you just can’t make up. I admire great storytellers like Eric Adler, Rick Bragg and John Krakauer. Someday I’d love to write nonfiction, but for now, I hope to start with feature pieces that tell the real stories of the people I meet.

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