Freelance writer/editor and English teacher
With 10 years of experience as a journalist and communications specialist in New York City, Chicago, and France, I write about work/life issues, human interest stories, and travel and create content for organizations. I have published articles in outlets including Chicago Magazine, Doist, Fast Company, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Forbes, Law360, and News 21. As someone with a background in health communications and journalism, I am adept at reading scientific research and making it accessible for lay audiences when it can help shed light on our modern challenges, and offer helpful ways forward.
As a writer and English lover, I had the immense privilege of teaching English for seven months in a town in the southwest of France from 2018-19, and I plan to teach again in the 2019-20 year in France’s wine country, near Bordeaux, and continue freelancing, before returning to the U.S. I am currently in the process of earning a TEFL certificate.
*including, what am I doing in France??
I was born and grew up in Chicago and its near north suburbs and stayed in the area for college, earning a bachelor of arts in history at Northwestern University. During that time, I had my first immersive experience in French, in a semester study abroad program in Paris.
After graduating, I moved to Washington, D.C., for a job with the Federal Trade Commission. I loved the mission of protecting consumers, but I realized I didn’t want to go to law school.
So I moved to New York City to get a journalism degree at Columbia University. I worked in journalism as a reporter for Law 360 and then in communications for Columbia University’s School of Public Health and NYU Langone Health. I stayed in New York City for ten years, nine of them in Brooklyn (former proud card-carrying member of the Park Slope Food Coop) — which I think is long enough to call myself a New Yorker.
I am interested in how people successfully make career and life changes, both as a reporter and as someone who has done this myself. In 2018, I left my career in New York City to start freelancing and move to France to teach English. There, I discovered a very different work culture: eight weeks of vacation, email kept to a minimum, and absolutely no eating lunch while working. Far from NYC’s brownstones and 24-hour bodegas, I enjoyed working with kids, improving my French, getting eight weeks of vacation, discovering the region, surfing a bit, visiting my grandma’s childhood home in Germany, and earning a WSET 2 in wine and spirits. Having my foot in two different worlds infuses my writing about work and life with a unique perspective. Follow my experiences abroad on my blog.
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