I was born in Arizona, but I’ve spent the majority of my life on the Maine coast. I’m in my junior year at the University of Maine and working towards my degree in Social/Abnormal Psychology. My interest in human psychology was sparked by my passion for canine learning and behavior, and I’ve been chasing answers for how to better communicate with people and our furry counterparts for years. My long-term goal is to create a life that allows me to raise and train service dogs for veterans with both physical and psychiatric disabilities.
I’ve worked in a variety of roles in the service industry, but found that my work and interests always draw me back to social media and how people communicate, share themselves and their stories. The way digital media has exploded in my lifetime and has changed, and continues to diversify, the social landscape fascinates me.
My free time is divided between studying, photography, researching wildlife conservation efforts, watching funny animal videos and TED Talks on Youtube, and playing video games and hiking with my boyfriend. I spend a lot of my time training with my fur child, Dexter, in hopes of doing competitive K9 freestyle with him one day. For anyone who doesn’t know what K9 freestyle (heelwork to music) is, here’s a link to one of my favorite performances this year: https://youtu.be/e8Ip852UvOY?t=24s