My educational background is primarily in English writing (rhetoric and nonfiction) and print journalism. History, typically that of the military, war and family or royal regimes, is also one of my many interests. I have many favourite authors, but a few I am inspired by include William Wordsworth, C. S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Flannery O’Connor, Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut, John Keats, Tim O’Brien, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
My immediate career goal is to write for and eventually edit a major magazine and live in a large city like Boston, Chicago, New York City or London. I’ve dreamed of working for Vanity Fair since I was fifteen.
Studying in England has been my dream since I was able to read. Books were my best friends growing up, and they instilled in me a desire to seek out all things creative and fantastic. I remember being six years old and reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe thinking, “England must be truly magical if things like this can happen there.” After various rainy afternoons spent in closets failed to transport me to Narnia, I realized the magic was in the minds of the British.
Every experience is a chance for me to learn, which is why I’ve chosen the journalism career. A great man and friend of mine once told me “journalism is the most rewarding career one can have, because at its core, it means bringing the truth to those in darkness who might not be able to find truth otherwise.”
I can’t think of a better way to spend my life helping others while giving my gifts back to the world.
That’s the basis of Julia. For details on how I came to England and why I chose this particular location, see the “Long Road to England” tab. Thanks for tapping into my blog! I hope you find my jaunts and junkets across the wonderful land of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to be entertaining and instructive 🙂