I am originally from Clemson, South Carolina, and graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s in graphic communications in May of 2010. Since then, I have moved around a bit for different jobs: Louisville, Kentucky; Mönchengladbach, Germany; Chicago, Illinois; and now Charleston. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to live in Charleston. When I decided to go back to grad school, I knew that Charleston was where I wanted to move next. Fast forward almost two years later, and I will be graduating with my Master of Arts in Teaching—Secondary Education, English—in December of 2016. I currently work in the communications and marketing office at The Citadel and do some freelance photography/design. Upon graduating with my master’s, I plan to stay in the Lowcountry to begin my career as a teacher—a new chapter that I can’t wait to start!
What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
This question has a multi-faceted answer for me: the people I work with in the communications and marketing office and my role in that office, my professors, and the quality of the education have all made such a huge impact on my educational path to becoming a teacher. When I first started looking into graduate programs in Charleston, my knowledge of The Citadel was very limited. I knew the basics—that it is a military college, it has a lot of history, etc.—but before looking, I didn’t even realize it had a graduate school. Now that I have been here for over a year and a half, I couldn’t be happier with my experience so far.
I help with a variety of tasks in the communications and marketing office, but a large amount of them include writing or editing/revising others’ works. I have always loved to write, and being able to write for the purposes of being published online and in The Citadel’s annual magazine has really improved my writing. This experience, along with my English graduate courses, has worked hand-in-hand to improve my confidence and ability in teaching students how to write, edit and revise their work.
Overall, the impact that The Citadel has had on my life has been circular, with my graduate assistantship helping in my English courses helping in my future career, and on and on it goes. But most importantly, because I chose The Citadel, I believe I will be a better teacher.
Why should young women consider attending The Citadel?
I am amazed by the cadets and students at The Citadel. Every day at work, I hear about another cadet or student who has done something so impressive—something that a lot of students at other colleges don’t ever attempt. There is a culture and atmosphere here that I have not seen at any other college or university. In editing and compiling all of the stories for this Women’s History Month feature, I found myself getting chills and being really moved by the other women’s experiences here. If a woman is considering attending The Citadel, I would tell her that if she is even thinking about it, then she can do it. And yes, it is a risk. And it will be a very different experience than her high school friends have. And it won’t be easy. But in the end, she will shine brighter because of her Citadel experience.