News. Music. Politics.


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Budding journalist interested in music and politics looking to tell the world’s stories and correct bad grammar.


Vote Smart 

Key Votes Intern

5.17 – 8.17

Wrote bill summaries for state bills. Entered vote breakdowns. Tracked the press for important votes in state legislatures.

The Times-Delphic

Copy Editor, Contributing Writer

8.17 – present

Edit stories for AP style, accuracy, and flow. Write stories as a contributing writer for the weekly student-led paper.

Drake University Music Office

Student Worker

8.16 – present

Coordinate with prospective students and Drake music faculty to schedule auditions and ensure the audition process runs smoothly. Edit programs for music department performances. Other work as determined by supervisor.


Fine Arts Event Staff

5.17 – present

Supervise fine arts events in various buildings, including running sound and lights, working with various university and community members to ensure events run smoothly.

Iowa Caucus Project Blog



Collaborated with other students to produce online content about the Iowa caucuses from the perspective of Iowans as part of a January Term class about political messaging in the Iowa caucuses. Interviewed Iowans at campaign events.

West Union Aquatic Center

Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Assistant Manager (Summer 2015)

Summers 2012-2015

Patrolled water to keep all patrons safe. Performed first aid. Was certified in lifeguarding, CPR, first aid, and water safety instruction. Taught swimming lessons to children ages 4-12. Worked the front desk and concession stands, as well as cleaned the pool area. Checked chemicals and was in charge of lifeguard team as assistant manager.

West Union Swim Team

Assistant Coach

Summer 2015

Primarily worked with swimmers ages 5-11. Created aquatic workouts for children’s practices. Attended swim meets and worked with children to improve strokes and stamina.

Holy Name Catholic Church

Assistant Religious Education Instructor

9.13 – 4.14

Worked with head instructor to teach religious education to first graders every Wednesday afternoon. Music director for Christmas program. 2013 West Union Community Award winner in religion category.


Society of Professional Journalists | Former Standing Co-Recruitment Coordinator

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity | President

Drake University Wind Symphony | Tenor Saxophone

Tiberius Saxophone Quartet | Tenor Saxophone


Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Degree: Bachelor of  Journalism and Mass Communication and Bachelor of Arts

Major: News and Music

Minor: Politics

Expected Graduation Date: December 2018

GPA: 3.92

Honors: Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s List, Kathleen Davison Award


North Fayette Valley High School, West Union, Iowa

Graduation Date: May 2014

Honors: National Honor Society, Governor’s Scholar Award, Super Honor Roll (3.8 and above)







Microsoft Office

Web Design (I designed this website myself.)

Basic HTML and CSS

You can download a PDF copy of my resume here.