As a Tampa native and aspiring journalist, I dreamed of working for my hometown newspaper. I started attending the University of Florida in 2016 before joining the staff at the Independent Florida Alligator as a sports copy editor in 2017. My undergraduate journey brought me back home for a pair of internships at the Times in 2019 and 2020 before I was hired full-time that spring. I spent two years working in our sports department before transitioning to our engagement team, a vital group that brings our readers and our community closer to our newsroom’s work through our various social platforms. When I’m not helping curate content on Twitter or Instagram, I’m more than likely making a Starbucks run (or two, because there’s no such thing as too much caffeine) with my four-legged pal, Thor, or I’m nose-deep in a good book, hopefully on a rainy day.