I remember warm, muggy summer mornings in west St. Louis County. My hair always smelled of chlorine, and my dry skin burned from the hour spent fearing hitting my head on the pool wall while doing the backstroke. My mom would pick me up from swim team practice at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center in her ‘02 Ford Expedition. Most days, we would head down the street to the library after practice. I would jump out of the colossal black gas-guzzler and immediately run to the magazine section. There they were, on the bottom shelf, magazines with the newest Lamborghinis, Mustangs and Mercedes modeling on the cover. Magazines with the titles Car and Driver and Motor Trend. I always loved browsing through these magazines, looking at all of the new, fast, expensive cars that were, at the time, the pinnacle of automotive engineering and reading about how they tore up the streets. I have never been the smartest when it comes to the mechanics of cars, however, I just love everything about the way they look and the sounds they make.
In high school, my creativity started to develop quickly and moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan helped me grow independently and helped me learn to cope with life’s changes. These skills have helped me tremendously throughout my young adult life. During my four years at Saline High School, I was captivated by photography and videography. I immersed myself in the state-ranked video program and went on to be a producer of the school news program SHS Today. I also competed in a few on-sight video competitions at the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association conference and took the first place prize two years in a row. All of this helped my creative mind form into what it is today even though I wasn’t diving into the area that I would ultimately end up in, which is writing.
I have always loved creating, whether it be drawing, taking pictures, crafting words or creating social media graphics. I never thought that I would go to school to be a writer, though. Out of high school, I wanted to be a photographer and graphic designer, but after my first college-level English class, I realized that I’m pretty decent at this whole writing thing. And if I could combine something that I’m good at with something that I love (cars) then that sounded pretty good to me.
This revelation brought me back to my love of the magazines that sat on that bottom shelf at the Samuel Sachs Branch of the St. Louis County Library. When it was time to apply for my upper level interest area at MU, I decided to choose magazine writing over broadcast journalism so that I could pursue this dream. After my first year in the upper level of the journalism school, I landed a summer internship at the magazine that I once drooled over: Car and Driver. I remember the day that I was informed that I was going to be spending my summer as an intern at one of the biggest automotive publications in the world. I was ecstatic. I instantly ran into the living area of my apartment, screamed a few expletives and high-fived all three of my roommates.
The summer that I spent at Car and Driver was unimaginable. I experienced so many things that I would have never been able to envision and learned so much about how a magazine of its size operates. And now here I am, with one semester left at the Missouri School of Journalism and I’m open to an immense possibility of post-grad opportunities.
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