“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” ~ C.S. Lewis
I once believed writing was a scourge upon mankind and the best and most successful form of torture teachers could inflict upon students was to require essays, papers, research and the like. And then one day during a college level English class my sophomore year of high school, I discovered a passion that had been smothered in me for years from succumbing to a very powerful lie that I lacked the ability to put words together and create something substantial and good.
After beneficial encouragement and a highly satisfactory grade, I finally possessed the confidence I needed to delve deeper into the art of writing. Now a junior at Elon University in Elon, N.C., I have had a plethora of opportunities to grow as a journalist, and strengthen my skills in conducting interviews and even investigations when needed. I love meeting new people and nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing MY name in print every week.
I was once certain my beat would be solely features, but the more I write, the more I realize the power of the media. In the past three years, I have added greatly to my previous ingnorance of current events and key issues. What I once viewed as boring I now consider exciting. I love writing editorials and producing news pieces about controversial and timely issues.
I created this blog in February 2009 for a communications class, Reporting for the Publica Good, in which I was required to write at least two articles each week and upload them to my blog. I also wrote a personality profile on a local and well-known business owner, Burney Jennings, and conducted an in-depth reporting piece exploring “Pulpit Plagiarism.”
I invite you to explore my Web portfolio. I offer a wide variety of categories and update this site regualarly.