While I was an undergraduate writing major, I wrote papers, essays, articles, blog posts, short stories, and more. Some of my work went on to be published in the school journal or newspaper. I also worked as an editor for a few real world clients through school projects. I have included here a few of the highlights of my academic work. Everything in this section was originally written for a class.
Comparing and contrasting the lives and autobiographies of two of the most influential men in American history.
Arguing that one of Mark Twain's lesser known novels deserves to be given the same literary recognition and his more famous works.
Looks at the father figures in Charles Dickens' classic.
One of several lifeguard stories, nonfiction
Nonfiction, based on grandfather's account, published in Sandhill Review
Lifeguard story, nonfiction
Lifeguard story, nonfiction
Lifeguard story, nonfiction, published in Sandhill Review
Blogs and Articles
Fictional Wikipedia article about nonexistent statue of my high school's controversial mascot
Written for a class where I was running a tech blog, part of my ongoing effort to reduce Big Tech in my personal life
A list of things to do on the Catholic holiday
I really try not to get political most of the time, but sometimes I can't help myself
This piece was used as the headline article in the Valentine's Day 2017 edition of The Lions' Pride student newspaper
Mother's Day piece
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I do freelance work whenever the opportunity presents itself. I love writing and most of my work has also given me a chance to contribute to my community or help local businesses. This section includes all the clients who I have done content work for.
My local municipal airport needed their website updated. In particular, they were interested in simplifying the layout and design, reducing the number of tabs and making the site more mobile friendly. They also had some information they wanted embedded and wanted a filter on their contact form to prevent bots and spam. The airport has received positive feedback on the new design and content.
I was excited to get to write for my local chamber of commerce. I'm a big fan of small local business and it was a great opportunity to support the community. I wrote stories which were featured in the Chamber's weekly newsletters, covering a new business opening and two events which were upcoming. This was a lot of fun and in the future I would love to contribute again.
I briefly got to contribute to a local newspaper. Like the work for the Chamber, I was excited to get to cover local events and businesses. I interviewed local business owners and important members of the community and got to write about the experiences.
A small bike shop located just down the road from where I went to school. I modernized the look and feel of their website and set links to open in a new tab, as the owner requested. I also redid the content of the site and used SEO techniques to make sure they are the top result when searched in the area. Also embedded site with Google Analytics, allowing business to see where their hits are coming from. After my work, the shop had their best May ever.
My mom's tutoring business. I designed and continue to maintain the website for her, and continue to help her with all of her social media advertisements and posts. Mom has several different business ventures related to tutoring, art, and photography. My long term goal is to create different websites and brand identities for each of these distinct businesses.
My next door neighbor is an estate seller and collector. She asked me to make her a website. Per her request, the color scheme was based on her pre-existing business cards and signs, creating continuity in her brand across platforms and media. Also per her request, the content is designed to remain accurate and not need to be updated or added to.
I help to build the website for the 2019 Franklin County Fair. The fair was almost cancelled last year and a group of volunteers came together to make it happen at the last minute. Per the fair committee's requests, the site was simple and adopted a Halloween color scheme. Sponsors were listed front and center and there are easily accessible links to various events happening at the fair.
I am still writing for fun. I hope to one day do a collection of stories featuring all my hijinks as a lifeguard. My grandfather is writing his memoirs, a collection of stories like "The Well Witcher," which I hope to help him finish, edit, and get published.