In 2017, I was chosen for the fifth cohort of the Boyd Scholars. After graduation in 2020, I stuck around Athens to get my master’s degree in journalism, where I focused my studies on representations of Appalachia in media. My work culminated in an online, multimedia project called “Encore: The Appalachian Opera House Revival” (encoreoperahouse.com). For my graduate studies, I was invited to join the mass communication honor society Kappa Tau Alpha. Upon graduation in April 2022, I moved to Louisville, Kentucky and began working as a copywriter at the marketing agency, LEAP Group.