Most People Call Me Katie.
I'm a recent graduate from James Madison University (JMU) with a bachelor of arts degree in both Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication and German Studies.
I discovered my love of writing as a seven-year-old creating stories on the back of discarded printer paper and though the content may have changed, the excitement of putting words on a page is still there. During all four years of high school, I wrote for the school newspaper and was the copy editor junior year and co-editor-in-chief senior year. My passion for writing and effective communication led me to JMU, where I have spent the past four years honing my skills and acquiring new writing and design techniques.
I learned to share these new insights with others at University Writing Center at JMU, where I worked as a tutor both my junior and senior years of college. I continued to expand my knowledge of writing center pedagogy through my senior honors project: I developed a proposal for a writing center at my alma mater, Lafayette High School. From my experience at the writing center, I've realized that clear communication is key, and I strive improve each day.
However, English is not the only language I can communicate in. I've taken German classes since January 2009 and studied abroad in Munich, Germany, for four months in 2015 to improve my comprehension and conversation skills. While I was abroad, I translated a portion of the novella Bruno by Gerhard Falkner, and discovered I enjoyed the creative and careful thought that translation requires.
Currently, I'm looking for a career in either the publishing, editing or translation fields and am looking forward to applying what I've learned in my classes to the workforce.