Frequently asked questions
Whenever I show someone my work, my resume, or anything like that, I usually end up answering a lot of the same questions or guiding the conversation to explain a few things along the way. So, here's a few of the regulars to help you get to know me a little better.
Tell me about yourself.
I'm a recent graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, but I'm originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I graduated in May of 2018 with a B.A. in Commerce & Business with a minor in Political Science. I would like to work in the communications or advertising industries, and I have some solid experience with public relations and marketing for my age. I have a ton of energy, a Southern accent, and 2 corgis, enjoy building websites and bad jokes, listening to podcasts, and using my planner. I'd say I'm on the verge of type-A & type-B because I love to color code and organize, but I'm completely guilty of having a few hundred notifications on my phone I haven't read yet (but only on my personal email account - my work email is in tip-top shape). I'd love my future career to have some sort of opportunity to travel and have opportunities to advance as well because I need a goal in order to stay motivated, but I know I'll need to earn that ability and I don't mind working for it (I actually would prefer to since I love that sense of accomplishment). I thrive on a solid to-do list and ridiculous quantities of water, a fun playlist, and being part of a team.
how did you decide to go to rhodes?
Since I was about 13, I had my heart set on being a collegiate swimmer. Swimming was my entire life & identity, and it was a massive deciding factor when it came time for me to pick which college I would attend. Although a shoulder injury cut my time on the team short, I'm glad that I was able to swim for at least one season in college because I would have deeply regretted it otherwise. Fortunately my parents were insistent that I select a college that I would be happy at even without swimming, and so Rhodes has been the perfect fit even without a sport.
Also, what is rhodes? (aka please contextualize your gpa)
Rhodes College is a private, liberal arts school in Memphis, Tennessee. This basically means I had to take a bunch of classes in subjects I'm not good at in the hope that I'd be a more well-rounded individual. If you're not familiar with Rhodes, it has about 2,000 students, has some pretty rad rankings such as #1 most beautiful campus and is ranked 51st for best liberal arts colleges in America. I'd say Rhodes is academically comparable with schools such as Tulane, Furman, Sewanee, Denison, or Bucknell based on my research. If you'd like to learn more, head to Rhodes' website to get the official rhetoric. Also, if you're into campus aesthetics, Google "Rhodes College star room," and click on the second image. You won't be disappointed.
why did you major in business & minor in political science?
Well, I was going to double major because I'm a nerd and I love both subjects, but I wanted to study abroad and still graduate on time. I ultimately chose business as my major over political science because it made more sense for my career aspirations. I will say, however, my favorite class at Rhodes was Political Science 360, which was a class all about Congress.
where did you study abroad?
I was blessed to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Dublin, Ireland. I'd never been to Europe before, so naturally I went for 5 months. I didn't know a single soul that was going, but it was such a blessing in disguise because I had to get comfortable being uncomfortable very quickly. I lived with one other American student, 2 German students, 1 French student, and 1 student from Spain, and I attended the International School of Business. While attending ISB, I took courses in Sales Management, International Marketing, Cross Cultural Management, and Marketing Communications.
I was also fortunate to get to do a 4-week Maymester program with Rhodes that was based out of Antwerp, Belgium and had a focus on international business, particularly global brands such as Vueve Cliquot, Barco, Stella Artois, and more.
what do you want to do after graduation?
Great question. To be honest, I'm still figuring that out, but the goal is to be employed. I'd like to get my MBA someday, but need to do some adulting first and am looking forward to it.
Why did you stop blogging for memphis made?
I started my blog during my senior year of high school, and after almost 3 years of posting 5 times a week, I was completely burnt out. I have such respect for those bloggers that have worked to make their blogs their full-time jobs, but I realized that I had altered my content to fit what I thought would let me compete with those big influencers, and that simply was not realistic since I was still in school (and honestly, I love reading fashion blogs, but that doesn't necessarily mean I should be a fashion blogger).
I was posting for the sake of having something go live on my site, not because I loved it anymore, and so I stopped. I did bring back Memphis Made while I was abroad as a means by which to keep my family and friends updated on what I was doing and for my own personal memories, and I'll always be grateful to that little site for helping me realize that I want my career to be in the marketing/advertising/communications/PR space. But, thanks to the Rhodes Report I still got to create content every day while still in school, and now that I’ve graduated, I’m hoping to find a freelance gig that will keep my creative skills sharp in my spare time (and my GPA is happy I prioritized it too).
if you had to describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?
Sarcastic, supportive, and spunky.