I serve as the Production Editor for the Custom Content Team in the Groups Ministry department at LifeWay Christian Resources. LifeWay is a Christian publishing house, and my role is to copyedit approximately 45-60 customized Bible studies per week to meet 800 custom church clients. I ensure biblical accuracy and edit to the standards of LifeWay. Because it's custom content, I not only make sure that the content we produce is grammatically correct and biblically accurate, but also that it fits the needs of our churches.
I'm also in graduate school at Belmont University, pursuing my Master of Fine Arts in English. Grad school was kind of a last-minute decision, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.
My junior year at PBA was filled with internships! I interned remotely for an online magazine, called "New York Minute." That internship included writing movie reviews, along with editing and fact-checking articles and facilitating communication between the writers and the publication's creative goals. I did that for two years. I also served as the Communications Intern for a West Palm Beach non-profit, The Timothy Initiative. I assisted the Director of Communications in everyday tasks, edited outgoing articles and field reports, proofread the organization's policy manual, and wrote biographies for various team members.
That being an adult is expensive! Ha! You have to pay for everything once you graduate, so save up.
"PBA prepared me in so many ways. I cannot emphasize enough how much the Frederick M. Supper Honors program altered my life."
Yes! PBA prepared me in so many ways. I cannot emphasize enough how much the Frederick M. Supper Honors program altered my life. I learned so much about truth, beauty, and honor—qualities that form the fabric of our existence. We asked existential questions and delved into the deeper meanings of both literary and sacred texts. Our slogan in the program is, "To be unfit for the modern world," and I cannot tell you how much this is true post-grad life. We learned how to be "unfit" in the sense that we don't conform to culture's ideals on truth, honor, and technology. We learned what it felt like to take the difficult path, simply because it was the honorable one. We learned how to not be consumers of media, but observers and challengers of it—and I've never been so proud to "not fit in."
I was a Communication major and English minor, so my professors were critical in growing me in my craft. I learned how to public speak, how to read, and how to write properly—it sounds simple, but these disciplines have formed my career.
The Career Development office was also critical in my preparation. Jennifer Fonseca taught me how to write a resume and be vigilant in job hunting!
My advice is to start early. Make sure you intern at more than one place before you graduate. Also, start early on the job hunt. I started job hunting almost two years before I graduated. I knew that jobs would be difficult to come by, so I perfected my resume, went to mixers hosted by the Career Development office, reached out and made connections to people in publishing in Nashville, and applied to a handful of jobs before I found my dream job at LifeWay. Apply to more than one job! Sooner or later, you'll be bound to land one.
I like to think of myself as a sponge, always learning. It's important to keep the attitude of learning. There are times when I get arrogant and don't seek advice, but vulnerability really is about being humble and brave—brave enough to ask for help. My brother-in-law has mentored me tremendously, along with current team members at LifeWay, and a woman at work who has recently taken me under her wing and has seen me for me.