As I look back at the dedication and hard work I put into earning my Bachelor of Science degree in journalism at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, I can only smile knowing that I can finally take all I have learned and use it to the best of my ability at my first full-time reporting job at Woodburn Independent.

Born and raised in Tigard, I attended Templeton Elementary, Twality Middle School and Tigard High School. While attending Tigard High School, I was on the Protégé Dance Team for three years and team captain for two of those years.

After graduating, I attended Lane Community College for two years while completing my general requirement courses. During my third year, I dual enrolled at the community college and the University of Oregon.

While completing my last year at LCC, I chose to take full advantage of every opportunity and became a reporter for The Torch. As a member of the student run publication, I took on the dance department beat and also covered multiple news and feature stories.

The last two years of my education consisted of completing my degree at UO’s School of Journalism and Communication. I became an associate editor for Flux Magazine for the final two terms as an undergrad. This position entailed scheduling weekly meetings, assigning deadlines, fact-checking and proofreading writers’ stories.

You may also see my work in The Times, The Oregonian, KATU News and The Register-Guard.

I have been known to be quite a coffee drinker. It’s certainly not uncommon to find me at your local Starbucks, although I do enjoy venturing out to hole-in-the-wall coffee shops as well.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, hiking, crafting, and curling up to read a good book. I also attend Westside A Jesus Church in Beaverton, where I’m involved in helping out in the nursery.

At age 24, my passion for journalism has continued to grow. Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed writing. My passion began by simply writing in a daily journal and has expanded to reporting on various events and features through writing, photography and multimedia.

One thing I love about reporting is that each individual in this community, state, country and world has a story to share. I want to be that person to share the stories many of you have. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to grow as a journalist and to be able to use my degree six months after graduating.

As the Independent’s newest reporter, I look forward to diving into this position and fully immersing myself into the welcoming Woodburn community.

My first week has already been one for the books.

From sharing laughs with co-workers to meeting community members at Greeters, I have enjoyed every moment.

To all my readers, I welcome any comments or leads and look forward to meeting more of you.

Lastly, I would like to thank UO professors: Bill Ryan, Lisa Heyamoto, Dan Morrison, Melissa Hart and Mike Thoele. Thank you for contributing your incredible knowledge to further the love and dedication of journalism we all share. Cheers!

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