Before pursuing journalism, I wanted to be a librarian, an architect, a famous actress, and a parapsychologist.
It turns out I have a better shot at a career in journalism than in parapsychology.
My dad was strict about grammar in our house, correcting my tenses and subject-verb agreement starting when I was about five years old. Despite my groans and eye-rolls, I discovered I was good at — and really liked — writing.
I turned an obsession for perfect, error-free writing into an editing career in college. I learned more about good writing by being an editor, and I enjoy helping college writers make their stories more effective by tweaking ledes, cleaning up grammar, and probing them for the details that can make a good story great.
Right now, I’m a copyediting intern at Business Insider in New York City. Before that, I was a Dow Jones News Fund copyediting intern at The New York Times. And before that, I started at The University Daily Kansan, the student newspaper at the University of Kansas. There, I worked my way up from entertainment correspondent to editor in chief.
After my internship at the Times, I headed back to the Kansan to shake up a media company that has been around for more than 100 years. If you’re interested, check out our plan (which mostly worked out!) to overhaul the Kansan’s culture, reporting and more.