Hello! I’m a Penn State Altoona undergraduate who plans to graduate in May with a degree in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. I love to write, and I take it very seriously; I am entering an MFA in creative writing program in the fall. Also, I enjoy working with others and taking a role in making things happen.
Bachelor of Arts English, Women’s Studies (May 2016)
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, Pennsylvania
BA: in progress | major: English | minor: Women’s Studies
Cumulative GPA (as of fall 2015): 3.75, Dean’s List 7 semesters
Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, Honors program
Liszka Award in English, 2016
Lion Pride’s Award, 2016
3rd Place in humanities and arts, Penn State Altoona Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair, 2014
3rd Place in performance, Penn State Altoona Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair, 2015
Mentioned in Penn State’s Ivy Leaf research publication for undergraduate research annotation work on Mary Moody Emerson for Dr. Sandy Petrulionis and Dr. Noelle Baker: Sherry Fugitt Sullivan’s “Giving a New [Digital] Life to Women's Literary History”
Mentioned in Penn State Altoona’s Research and Teaching for undergraduate research transcription work on Thomas Wentworth Higginson for Dr. Sandy Petrulionis: Therese Boyd’s “A Man of Letters”
Penn State Altoona, Undergraduate Researcher June 2013 – Current
I assist Dr. Sandy Petrulionis in her research work on Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who was a writer, abolitionist, and women’s suffrage supporter. I transcribe letter manuscripts and work with the scanning of microfiche. I have also worked on annotations for The Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition for Dr. Sandy Petrulionis and Dr. Noelle Baker.
Penn State Altoona, Writing Commons Tutor Jan 2014 – Current
I work as a peer tutor for other students who come in for assistance and guidance on their written work. I’ve tutored people on a large range of work, which includes formal essays, business writing, creative writing, petitions, and scholarship applications.
Penn State Altoona, Hard Freight Editor Aug 2015 – May 2016
I serve as the Editor for our campus’s literary and visual art magazine. Prior to serving as editor, I have served in assistant and other minor editor roles for specific sections of our magazine. Additionally, I have helped with the print layout production since my second semester. As editor, I created and edited the online magazine, as well as assisted in the production of our open mic events.
Lexington House, Volunteer Tutor Jan 2013 – April 2013
I tutored individuals with varied mental illnesses that affected their day-to-day lives. I assisted two teachers with their lesson plans every Saturday morning, and I even prepared my own lesson for a day based on a fun reading of an excerpt from The Hobbit. I also assisted in giving tests that were used to determine the vocabulary skill level of the clubhouse members.
Sun Japan Grill, Cashier Aug 2011 – June 2013
I worked at the register to take orders, relay the order to the cook, give requested food items, and return change. My other duties included cleaning, refilling, answering the phone, and closing the store at night.
Presenter, Sigma Tau Delta International Convention,
Presenter, Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2015
I presented an original collection of poetry titled On Mothers and Everyday Macabre.
Presenter, Sigma Tau Delta International Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016
I presented an original collection of poetry titled Time and Location.
Poems, Hard Freight student literary magazine, spring 2014, fall 2014, fall 2015: “The Matryoshka Doll,” “There Was a White Kitten,” “Tooth Dream,” “Luna”
President, Sigma Tau Delta April 2015 – April 2016
Secretary, Sigma Tau Delta April 2014 – April 2015
President, Pride Club Aug 2013 – April 2016
Executive Editor, Hard Freight Aug 2015 – April 2016
Committee member, African American Read-in Sept 2015 – Feb 2015
Staff and Contributor, Collegiate Review Sept 2012 – April 2015
SKILLS Proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Quirk