Drawing from my experiences across multiple internships and as a Vice President of Sigma Phi Epsilon I have harnessed skills in conflict management, member development and public relations. My involvement in a variety of professional organizations has allowed me to develop strong leadership skills and hone my skills in team building and interpersonal communication through text and speech.
Meeting new people through trying new things has left a profound impact on me as a person, a student and journalist. I have a hidden culinary talent that often takes a backseat to my curiosity for writing and blogging about sports, food, travel, social issues and technology. Photography is a guilty pleasure I hope to make a career out of one day. I also love collecting candles. My favorite candle is White Christmas, but I also love Blueberry Scone and Cranberry Chutney.
I am a contributing writer for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and have covered stories such as a local production of the Broadway classic, “Cabaret” and John Jacobs, the co-founder of Life is Good, Inc. During the summer of 2011, I was a Web/Editorial and New Media Assistant with the Boston Phoenix, a weekly arts and entertainment paper, where I managed its content system and prepared web-ready material. I have interned for Dale Carnegie Training in Boston, where I worked in its PR department preparing press releases, media packets, and driving its social media. I’m a contributing writer for other publications such as the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Before I was a writer, I was cook, largely because my Italian grandmother had me up in the kitchen every night chopping onions and breading chicken for dinner. I fell in love with cooking and began pursuing a career as a Chef before attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst for Journalism and Information Technology. I joined a fraternity called Sigma Phi Epsilon my first semester of college and served as Vice President on two different occasions. Greek life to me, is a huge part of my life as I personally have seen advanced development in all areas of my life.
I’m an outspoken, energetic writer with photo, audio and video skills that tackles each project I come across. I love searching for the scoop that will WOW my audience and allow me to deliver it through various mediums. I am an always happy, always curious writer, blogger, cook, gamer and friend.
From January 2013 to May 2013, I studied abroad in Viterbo, Italy — my last semester at UMass Amherst. I studied Travel Writing, Italian Cuisine, Italian History, Italian Gardens and the Italian language. It was the first time I have left the U.S.A. I chose to study abroad in Italy because my ancestors were Italian and I wanted to further my knowledge of the history of Italy and the culture I didn’t have the opportunity to grow up in. I enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience, forged new everlasting memories and met people I can call me best friends. I highly encourage this experience to anyone.
I’m currently working as a freelance journalist while pursuing a career in corporate communications and IT management.
Above all else, I exert my passions into my everyday life!