I never, ever, ever thought I wanted to go to a “technical” school – Writing was my passion, physics was my worst enemy, and I grew up spending Saturdays in Athens with my two older brothers. I had dreams of working in journalism or writing for a magazine or brainstorming with the creative departments at some of my favorite brands. However, I’ll never forget the weekend my mom forced – literally, forced – me to apply to another school, and I got the opportunity to experience the offerings of the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech and ultimately my major school, the School of Literature, Media, and Communication.
The School of Literature, Media, and Communication (known as LMC) fostered my passion for the arts, while simultaneously allowing me to gain a Bachelor of Science degree that made me exceptionally marketable amidst an uncertain job market. While in college, I obtained internships with Make-A-Wish, the DISH Network, and the #3 PR agency in the world. Also thanks to LMC's Creative/CoLab Director, Jillann Hertel, a few other LMC students and I got to be guest political correspondents live on the air for the CNN/HLN show, The Daily Share. Georgia Tech also allowed me to perpetuate my love for writing through opportunities with the school literary magazine (Erato), one of the best college Poetry organizations in the nation (Poetry@Tech, headed by world-renown poet and Tech professor, Thomas Lux), and an editorial position with the school newspaper (the Technique). Additionally, a study abroad program through LMC granted me the chance to write, film, edit, and produce a documentary overseas at the University of Udine, all while I got to explore Europe and ignite my love for travel. Plus, not only did I learn a ton about my own specialties while at LMC at GT, but I was constantly surrounded by brilliant students from other majors who could write code for Google, hack into UGA’s website, research extraterrestrial matter for NASA, and ultimately push me to be the most inspired student I could be.
I currently work for a leadership consulting firm called Assessment+, where I serve as a Project Manager and Social Media Director. As a Project Manager, I coordinate survey processes for a variety of clients ranging from Chick-fil-A to Hawaiian Airlines to ING to Electronic Arts. We’ve even hosted surveys for departments at Georgia Tech! I love the ability to combine my love for data and numbers (Georgia Tech did rub off on me a little…) with the consulting and “people” side of leadership development. As a Social Media Director, I further get to expand my creative side through running the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts, publishing blog articles, creating company videos, and designing industry-related infographics. Plus, one of the greatest parts of my job is that my company is entirely remote, 100% of the time. I have gotten to work everywhere from California to South Africa without having to worry about vacation time! In fact, next year, I plan on participating in Remote Year, where I will live in 12 countries over the course of 12 months with 75 other remote workers. I’m so thankful for the friendships, adventures, and memories Georgia Tech, the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and LMC gave to me while I was a student, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the continued opportunities it has provided me as an alum.