CREDIT: Alex Mowrey
It all started in the spring of my freshman year. An Instagram stalking session turned into a deep dive down the rabbit hole and I somehow landed feet first on @RowdyMagazine. I’d never heard of it before, I didn’t know anyone on the team, but I sure liked that brown “drip or drown” hoodie. I won’t say that’s what convinced me to join but I won’t *not* say that either.
After a couple of months of being a fan, applications finally opened and I applied immediately. I started as a Culture Writer for the Online Team and had the chance to write about anything and everything. This was my first time being a part of something like this since high school and I loved it. I loved the freedom I had to explore new topics and the wisdom dispensed by my editors and fellow writers. I was also introduced to the thrill (and fear) of publishing any remotely political article. It brought great joy knowing somewhere in the middle of nowhere, my family’s group chat could be going off. These experiences taught me so much about myself and how I exist within and contribute to the world around me. It gave me my first glimpse of having a big girl creative career all from the comfort of Gainesville, Florida.
I eventually became Online Director and had the privilege of overseeing some immensely talented and kind-hearted writers. I’m so proud of the work that the Online Team has put out and I cannot wait to see how it continues to grow and evolve. To everyone I’ve met and worked with, thank you for your open-mindedness and patience, especially when I would be in the most random locations trying to connect to zoom (special shoutouts to the IKEA of Dublin and London Stansted Airport).
To my sweet Online Team, thank you for everything...and if anyone has a drip or drown hoodie they no longer want, PLEASE hit my line
P.S. You can’t get rid of me that easily ;)