“I’m telling you all this as if it’s a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. And it is a story, I suppose, because everyone’s life is a story, isn’t it? But it’s not the sort of story that has an end. It doesn’t have an end yet, anyway…It’s going to be the middle of the story for a long time, as far as the eye can see, and I suppose there are lots of twists and turns to come.” — Sam, from “Slam” by Nick Hornby
That is one of my favorite quotes, from a book by one of my favorite authors. One of the reasons I like the quote is because it describes my life philosophy almost perfectly. If you asked them, my friends would describe me as a story teller. I think of my life as a series of interlocking stories, and I think there is always something interesting to be observed in every situation. I’m constantly calling or texting someone or updating my Facebook status about something new that’s happened. I can make even the most mundane stories interesting by telling them to the right people or putting them in a larger context. Sometimes I tell a story so many times that I end up forgetting whom I’ve told it to. I’m always interested in finding the best way to get a story out, whether through words or visuals, online or print, through social networking or in the public domain.
My story overall, though, is currently unfolding in St. Louis, my hometown, where I am working for my alma mater — St. Louis Priory, a Catholic high school run by the Benedictine monks of St. Louis Abbey. My role there is in marketing and PR, handling web and social media content and supporting the various auxiliary offices (alumni, development, admissions) of the Abbey and School. In 2011, I finished a master’s degree in the nonprofit management program at the Univerity of Missouri‘s Truman School of Public Affairs. I also spent a semester living in Washington, D.C. and attending graduate classes at The George Washington University. Before that, I graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2009 with degrees in journalism and political science.
At Mizzou, I was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and worked for The Maneater, the university’s student newspaper. In my spare time, I like to read, catch up on current events, and hang out with my almost-10-year-old beagle, Derby.