I am a first year graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Arts degree in Communication. I grew up in Jenkintown, PA and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Psychology. I have always been fascinated by media production, and the elements that go into creating a broadcast, including research, writing, directing, and editing. I aspire to one day work in television production for major broadcasting network. My academic interests include race, identity, and representation, and children and television studies. Prior to beginning the graduate program at Villanova, I worked as a Research Coordinator managing media research projects at the Annenberg School for Communication and Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania. During my six years at Penn I managed a number of projects, including the research activities for a city-wide media campaign initiative to reduce obesity in Philadelphia (Get Healthy Philly), and the Annenberg Sex and Media Study. In addition to my background in research, I have years of experience in television and radio broadcasting, having worked at NBC-10 Philadelphia, and ClearChannel Communications (WUSL/WDAS FM). My passion for media and the desire to develop my critical thinking and writing skills has led me to further my education here at Villanova. From my very first encounter with Villanova faculty, I knew that I was entering a program full of warmth, support, and encouragement. I was also recently offered a Graduate Assistantship for Research, Diversity Programming, and Communication to begin in the Fall working with Dr. Brighid Dwyer. I am delighted to have this amazing opportunity to learn from some of the most distinguished scholars in the field of communication, and I look forward to an enriching academic experience while here at Villanova.