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Returning to “The Swamp”

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Despite not moving to Lake Oconee and starting at Gatewood until I was in the fifth grade, I have always considered Eatonton my home.

After spending five years in what most would refer to as a “frozen tundra,” I am happy to be back in the South and close to home once again.

While at Gatewood, I dabbled in just about every sport the school had to offer, but only stuck with three throughout all of high school: football, basketball and soccer. I will be quick to point out that I was very much a role player in basketball, primarily playing for the camaraderie and simply trying to stay in shape. However, football and soccer took equal halves of my heart and gave me lasting memories that I will never forget.

After graduating in 2014, football took me to the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where I was a four-year player majoring in communication studies.

My senior year at Wooster was highlighted by being a member of one of the most prolific Fighting Scot offenses to date, as well as turning in my Senior Independent Study thesis. This thesis was a three-semester long research project that resulted in a 110-page paper and an oral defense of the topic, which ultimately decided my graduation status.

I received my bachelor’s degree in communication studies in May of 2018 and was blessed to be able to start an internship with the Major League Soccer team in Columbus, Ohio, as one of its Matchday Communications Interns.

Through this year-long position, I met communication staff members at Atlanta United FC and built a relationship with them that allowed me to move home and begin working for the eventual 2018 MLS Cup champions.

While currently serving as a Matchday Communications Assistant for both Atlanta United FC and Atlanta United 2, I have been trying to improve my resume at every possible opportunity, which led me to The Eatonton Messenger. I realized I did not have the journalistic background necessary, so I reached out to Brandon Bush and Justin Hubbard about helping cover Gatewood athletics.

I would like to personally thank them both for the opportunity to not only gain valuable experience for my desired career path, but also the chance to do so in a setting that is familiar to me and an athletic program that will surely give me plenty to write about this year.