School: Point Park University
Major: Journalism with a PR/Ad minor
Hometown: New Castle, PA
Why did you decide to study journalism?
I have always been obsessed with reading and writing. My first sentence as a child was “I sit down read book.” Ever since, I excelled in reading and writing. In 11th grade, I joined a graphic journalism class for high school. My teacher and I started to grow a small school paper. After that, I ran with the idea of studying journalism. I love reporting and sharing honest, truthful news and stories with people.
What are you most excited for with your internship at The Incline?
I am excited to learn more about the city and improve my feature writing skills. Feature writing is by far my favorite form of journalism. This is a perfect fit for me because that is what The Incline is all about. I can’t wait to dive deeper into the city I love by doing what I love.
Why does local journalism matter to you?
Without local journalism, there would be no journalism. To know what is going on directly around you forms communities and grows areas. I love the Pittsburgh area and think it’s so important to advocate and write for/about the area you love and live in. Strong communities need strong local journalism.
What do you love most about Pittsburgh?
I love the community feel of Pittsburgh. It is obviously a major city, but it never really feels like it because of the tight-knit communities. There is always something fun to do and great new people to meet.
What do you like to do around the city?
I love hanging out with my friends and exploring the city. Because of COVID restrictions, we have spent a lot of time exploring outside. We love hanging out at the Point and walking around different places. I love trying new foods and finding new shops or businesses.
Hands-down, your favorite restaurant in town?
This is most definitely a tricky question but I LOVE the new restaurant, Slider Vibes, in Market Square. My boyfriend and I went the first weekend they were open. They have the best sliders for so cheap! I think he is tired of hearing about it because I haven’t stopped talking about them since they opened. I have gone at least four times since then and continue to rave about them.
What local business do you think deserves a shoutout (and why)?
Rock ‘n’ Joe Coffee on Penn Ave! This coffee shop is the cutest, most delicious spot. I am so excited that they are finally back open after some COVID-19 forced closures. I love ordering their iced lavender latte and sitting at their outdoor tables. The vibes are just as great as their coffee. They also have a hummus, turkey, and bacon sandwich that I could eat for every meal. So so delicious!
What are you celebrating in your life right now?
I am celebrating finishing a dreadful year full of online “learning.” Being a college student during a pandemic is obviously less than ideal. But I made it through the year with help from my great friends and family and some of my awesome professors. I am looking forward to a somewhat normal, vaccinated summer.
What’s your perfect Pittsburgh day?
For starters, I would need some good weather because we all know how hard that is to come by in Pittsburgh. With sun in the sky, I would start by adventuring somewhere with my friends. Whether that means walking through the Strip or thrifting around South Side, I am content. Afterwards, I love taking walks through the Point over to the North Shore just to relax. After a nap or relaxing shower, I would end the day on my apartment rooftop with my friends just laughing and eating a Genoa’s pizza.
Finish this sentence: You’re not a true Pittsburgher until you’ve…
Paid ridiculous amounts of money for downtown parking
If Pittsburgh had ___________, you’d feel complete.
Better Downtown grocery options
I hate pigeons!!