I double-degreed at Louisiana Tech University, in journalism and graphic design, with dreams of working in New York’s magazine industry. (Sad, late nights on newspaper staff were the norm.)
After two summers interning in New York’s magazine industry—though I did get to meet this favorite musician, I decided the City wasn’t for me and instead began to pursue something cross-cultural.
Right before graduation, I spent a summer in western China, practicing Mandarin and learning to spark conversations with the region’s ethnic minorities about their cultural identity.
(I also discovered my fear of heights, while atop the Great Wall—gulp!)
During my stint in marketing for an ESL school, I fell in love with UX design while developing landing pages and critiquing wireframes for a student app. (I also learned New Jersey is very proud of Rita’s Italian Ice.)
I had the privilege of volunteering (with a pretty epic group of people) for A 2nd Cup, a nonprofit coffee shop in Houston that raises funds and awareness to stop human trafficking.
In a staffing pinch, work sent me to Port-au-Prince as a faux-professional photographer on last-minute assignment. This, my favorite photo I captured, miraculously ended up in a magazine.
The most transformative trip I’ve ever taken—in more ways than one—was to Zimbabwe where I befriended people doing incredible development work every day.
Now, my boyfriend and I are amassing a house full of rescued shelter animals, while I connect with other Houstonians who are equally passionate about UX.