I came into UT as a journalism major. After a couple years of writing for the Daily Texan, I changed my major to Radio-Television-Film, with a focus on screenwriting. I’ve made a few short films and have been lucky enough to be a part of some feature-length projects. Over the past couple years, I’ve also been a part of the Creative Writing program, where I met great mentors and writers and have been able to explore other writing forms.
In my final semester at UT, I completed my Creative Writing thesis, which was a series of related short stories following a young tennis player over ten years. I also completed my first feature-length screenplay, a horror story about a family’s vacation to their cabin gone wrong.
After school, I’ll continue writing. I’m also exploring jobs as a teacher, a sound engineer, and working for the National Forest Service.
Outside of school, I play guitar in friends’ bands, write songs, help run a local record label, and work at KUTX as a sound engineer.
What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program (FASP)?
I was drawn to the Forty Acres Scholars Program because of the close knit community of scholars. From the first time I talked to a scholar, I could tell this was more than a program; it’s a family. I honestly feel weird referring to them as “scholars” because to me they’re my friends first. The instant willingness to help each other makes a 50,000-person university feel a lot more approachable, but at the same time opens doors to people I never would have met. The accessibility to alumni and mentors truly is remarkable, the resources available to scholars is invaluable, but the friends I’ve made is without a doubt the thing about the Forty Acres Scholars Program I would give up last.