I’m a storyteller and a geographer-at-heart, and I’m passionate about connecting people and places.
I hold a Bachelor of Specialized Studies (May 2018) with concentrations in Environmental Geography and Women’s & Gender Studies, a minor from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, and a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate from Ohio University.
Aligning my professional work experiences with my personal values is incredibly important to me. I worked for 3 years as a Research Scholar in Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, writing stories and coordinating media coverage for the Energy & Environment team. I traveled the world and cultivated new leadership skills with the National Student Leadership Conference as a social media coordinator for 3 consecutive summers. Coming back home, I embraced the role of a Smart Columbus ambassador, where I educated Columbus residents and out-of-town visitors about the first Smart City Challenge in America and redefined my relationship with my hometown of Columbus.
In my “off hours,” I enjoy celebrating life through dance and outdoor exercise, practicing yoga, and connecting with friends in my community. I also self-publish my own poetry, and I enjoy drinking black coffee with good conversation.
I have been very candid throughout my professional and personal discovery process on my blog ‘Body Mind Bella.‘ I share my words, thoughts, and emotions not only as a way to overcome my own fears but as a way to share stories with you, my readers. I have always been a storyteller at heart.
The personal, and the political. The ecological, and the sociological. These seemingly separate perspectives, I have found through both my research and my ‘real life’ experiences, are not as divergent as we may initially assume.
Come join me, as I continue to share this story of the human-environment intersection.