While pursuing my bachelor's degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia in English and a minor in Italian Studies, I experimented with nonfiction, preferring memoir above the rest. I made a decision to write my first memoir while pursuing my undergraduate degree and thus decided to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in nonfiction.
In 2008, I relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to begin my studies in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Emerson College. In 2010, I began teaching college composition, while continuing my studies at Emerson College. In 2011, upon graduating from Emerson, I was the recipient of The Dean's Award for Best Thesis for my completed manuscript of "Beside the Mountain."
I continued teaching college composition at both Pine Manor College and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences until recently relocating to Los Angeles, California in January 2012. Currently, I teach Academic English at Kings Colleges to international students seeking to study at University in the US.