I grew up in the midst of Eastern North Carolina’s rural farmlands surrounded by yellow pines and open fields. In 2003, I moved to the western part of the state to attend college at the beautiful mountain campus of the University of North Carolina – Asheville and remained in the area until briefly relocating to Charlotte in 2012. After an eight-month stay in the Queen City, I returned to my eastern North Carolina roots and am currently residing in the City of Oaks (aka Raleigh).

I earned my BA in History from UNCA in 2007. Throughout my undergraduate coursework, I primarily focused on American History, completing courses such as Colonial & Revolutionary America, Jefferson’s America, North Carolina History, and The Modern South. Additionally, I completed a short internship with the university’s Special Collections in fulfillment of a Public History course requirement. My undergraduate thesis, entitled Tying the Knot: Marriage Traditions in Cherokee Society, examined the changing dynamics of tribal rituals in courtship, marriage, and clan membership. I am currently pursuing an MA in History with a concentration in Public History from Southern New Hampshire University.

For now, I consider myself a graduate student and an independent public historian with a serious caffeine addiction, who gets high off the smell of old books and occasionally attempts random hobbies for pure enjoyment. At any given time, you can find me sipping on coffee, tea, or wine while reading a book or indulging in a classic movie or simply staring out the window at the rain wondering what twists and turns the Universe might throw at me next.

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Rikki Rogers