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Once upon a time, I had a list of 101 things I wanted you to know about me. But I realized 101 is a lot of things, so I’ve decided to simplify this page and just let you know what makes me tick.
I just finished my M.A. in Communication in May 2012. My thesis was an analysis of how postfeminism has proliferated online. I am starting coursework toward my Ph.D. in August in new media communication at UIC. My research interests are in social networking sites, video games, feminism/postfeminism, digital technology, and rhetoric.
I am a member of the 20sb executive board and have been a 20sb member since the very beginning. (In fact, I think I was one of the 100 founding members.) I’m thrilled to be in a leadership role, as the community has meant so much to me over the years. I am part of the best leadership team in the world!
I married the nicest guy I’ve ever met on August 8, 2009. His name is Joe and he’s super fantastic. He loves Minnesota, Notre Dame football, and bicycles. We first met over smoothies at Notre Dame where he told me he loved West Side Story and was “such a feminist.” I was immediately smitten. We live in a carriage house we call the Backyard Bungalow just outside Chicago. We share loves for beer, sushi, and our cat Asparagus (Gus).
I am a musical theatre geek at heart. In high school, I won Best Thespian and Most Musically Talented. I liked RENT and Wicked before it was cool (or on Glee). Speaking of Glee, I legitimately was Rachel Berry in high school. For realsies. I accept this. I have moved on.
I went to Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, the all-women’s sister college of Notre Dame. I grew up in South Bend, IN so this was a bit of a no-brainer. SMC women are called Belles (as in The Bells of Saint Mary’s), hence the blog name. I discovered myself at Saint Mary’s and love that school with more heart and soul than seems possible.
I studied abroad in Rome January-May 2006. Best semester of my life. During our 2.5 week spring break, I backpacked Europe solo. I met incredible people and saw London, Dublin, Brussels, Vienna, Cologne, Munich, and Paris. It was nothing short of exhilarating and amazing. I spoke near-fluent Italian while I was there. These days, I understand Italian but can’t speak much at all.
I drove Chelsea Clinton in her dad’s Presidential motorcade when they were in South Bend stumping for Hillary in 2008. She complimented my dress. I was an intern for Senator Evan Bayh at the time, which is how I got the gig. When Chelsea came to Saint Mary’s a few weeks later, she remembered me and my dress. I also drove Sean Astin and former Indiana governor Joe Kernan that week. Senior year was awesome.
After graduating from SMC, I worked for two members of Congress and hated it. I traded in my .gov email address to manage a coffee shop, wait tables, and apply to grad school. I now LOVE grad school and my work as a TA teaching Intro to Public Speaking.
I can name all the Presidents in order, I have really pretty handwriting, I laugh really loud and have a pointy nose. Anything else you want to ask?
2010 nominations: Blogger We’d Most Like to Share a Drink With, Blogger We Wish Would Blog More, Best Guest Blogger, Best Video Blogger