I am a senior journalism major and anthropology minor at the University of Florida, enthralled by the Earth and environmental reporting. Journalism always felt like a calling. It weaves my love for words, crafted from a young age when I read books every chance I could, my curiosity and my desire to hear stories. That desire is twined with my ancestry, rooting back to times of singing and storytelling around fires.
When I read environmental pieces, I feel a childlike joy: the kind where I want to dig my hands into the soil. My love for the Earth begins in the garden, with seeds cupped in my hands, medicinal weeds on my tongue, and in the forest, breathing in Florida longleaf pines as their leaves whistle in the breeze. I want the love to also manifest as a pen in hand.
My goal as a journalist is to tell balanced stories that recognize the multi-faceted layers to reality and make us question our unwavering beliefs. I also want to tell historically untold stories of those who are marginalized.