About me

After struggling my way through several horribly awkward paragraphs of this mini-autobiography, I decided to give in to my millennial tendencies and describe myself in a few short bullet points. Here goes nothing:

  • I recently graduated with a degree in English from Elon University in beautiful Elon, North Carolina.
  • I am an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) living and working in Malaysia with a grant from the Fulbright program.
  • My favorite animal is the penguin; in recent months, however, I’ve begun to toy with the idea of giving that coveted title to the fox (one can never be too sure of these things…).
  • My long term goals include finding a career in higher education, moving to Washington, D.C./Chicago/San Francisco/Austin (this is why they’re called “long term”), and sharing my home with as many animals as I can safely and affordably keep.
  • More immediate goals include graduate school, making progress on the mound of unread books on my bookshelf, and running my second half-marathon in a non-English-speaking country.
    • I am also the kind of person who spends fifteen minutes looking up the rules of hyphen usage to ensure proper hyphenation of “non-English-speaking” (hint: the internet is a confusing place; I’m still not sure I’ve done it correctly.).

There–that wasn’t so bad, was it? Now that you’re all up to speed on me, feel free to take a look around the blog and sign up to receive emails whenever I post something new! I can’t promise to update this thing weekly, but I’ll do my best to document the upcoming months with words, photos, and videos as often as I possibly can.

Until the next adventure,


(Fun fact: The photo used in the main header of this blog was taken by Daniel McCullum and is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

(Even funner fact: The photo seen in the header of this “About me” section was taken by my incredibly talented friend Olivia–check out more of her work here!)


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