I am a 23-year-old graduate student in the Writing and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. My focus is on digital publishing with an emphasis on web development, and I am interested in both content management and web accessibility.
I graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a Bachelors degree in English and a minor in Linguistics. While in undergrad, I studied four languages outside of English, including Spanish, French, German, and American Sign Language, but I am unfortunately not fluent in any of them. I also studied Old and Middle English.
I grew up on a farm in northwest North Dakota, 12 miles northwest of a town of 1200 people, the second of three children. My brothers were four years older and 17 months younger than me, which made for interesting dynamics throughout life. In 2010, my younger brother committed suicide, and it has changed everything for us all. My older brother is now married with a toddler, and he is a beacon of happiness in my life.
Most of my life, I have struggled with both major depression and anxiety, the former of which gave rise to the latter in my adolescence. They have affected my ability to perform in both academic and social settings, but I have worked very hard to control them and live life despite them. I can’t pretend that I succeed with impunity, but I would say that all in all I do fairly well.
At this juncture of my life, I am living in Brighton, Mass, which is a neighborhood/suburb of Boston, while I work full-time through graduate school. I am growing my hair back out after shaving my head (kind of on a whim, but also kind of not), and contemplating my next tattoo addition. I go to shows quite regularly, and I do my best to see at least one movie a month, but the cinema is expensive. I am hoping/planning to move to London upon the completion of my program, but there are a lot of logistic issues involved in that which I have yet to address. Fortunately, I still have time.