Media Hub

As a Stembler Scholar for Media Hub, I was a member of an invitation-only collaborative journalism newsroom at UNC. On a team, I produced photo and video stories along with other multimedia journalists to pitch full package stories to news organizations to republish. My team and I were awarded funds to travel to Austria to…

Dear Mom and Dad

Dear Mom and Dad, I don’t say it enough, but thank you, and I love you. Thank you for being my chauffeur for ridiculous commutes for my dance career, for the years of expensive art supplies, for the travel opportunities, for giving me the confidence to take on any city I enter. Thank you for giving…

The Big “What Now?”

I’m a sucker for a good graduation speech. In the Branding of Me, we often had the privilege of taking a few minutes each week to watch some of the best graduation speeches and be inspired in how to make sense of this transition in our lives. We wait for these celebrities and prominent public…

What It’s Like to Draw a Nude Model

While most students carefully study textbooks, I’ve had the unusual opportunity to study people. After months of my figure drawing class at UNC, seeing semi-public nudity has become almost a mundane part of my daily routine. Even in other art programs at major universities, this isn’t an opportunity many are able to take advantage of. People…

Ditching the Cubicle for the Farm

As a soon-to-be graduate, the hot question is, “What are your plans for after graduation?” We ask it out of pure curiosity and maybe even a little nosiness. We enjoy fantasizing about life’s limitless options and take interest in the paths others choose to follow. But we typically expect a standard answer, often involving a vanilla…

Running Across the Globe

Seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. To some the label of the World Marathon “Challenge” may seem to be an understatement of the physical and mental stamina required to accomplish such a unique feat. I had the privilege of sharing the story of Tim Durbin, the first American participant in the Challenge, and…

Skipping School for Europe

That headline is semi-fake news. I’m abroad to cover a story with my Media Hub team and technically have permission to be away. As I mentioned before, we’re covering the world’s largest time capsule, Memory of Mankind (MoM), and thought I would check in to say that we are alive and well and share a…

Oh, The People You’ll Meet

Coming into the highly ranked School of Media and Journalism, I was confident I’d have a lot to learn from the experienced faculty and students who fill the building that’s become my home, decorated in years of awards. What I didn’t know is that so much of what I learned came from lessons from individuals…

Why We Crave Infinity

In what should have felt like a claustrophobic box, I saw infinity. Yesterday I went to the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshorn Museum, and the traveling exhibit has quickly become one of the hottest tickets nationally. I’d seen images of the exhibit before and was ready to enter the large rooms of overwhelming…

To The Woman Crying in Public

I was studying last night inside Weaver Street Market, when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the woman diagonal from me with her palms pressed against her mouth, eyes fiercely shut tight. In all honesty, my first thought was, “It’s just Carrboro.” Carrboro is the eccentric neighbor to Chapel Hill, and my expectations…