I earned a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics with a minor in German from Wayne State University in August 2012, and I have just been accepted as a Master's student and graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University this Fall. I'm currently working as a student editor at LINGUIST List. I'm mainly working on the MultiTree project, but I'm also part of the LL-MAP team and the Publications team. I'm really excited about being immersed in linguistics while working at LINGUIST List and gaining experience in language documentation and the technology that is involved.
In hindsight, majoring in Linguistics was inevitable for me. Language has always been one of my passions, even when I didn't have a name for it. I remember discovering the Greek alphabet and Egyptian hieroglyphs and being fascinated by them from a very young age. I even tried my hand at inventing my own codes and alphabets. I read anything I could find about language and ancient cultures. When I was in high school, like many other linguists I discovered Tolkien and Elvish, which quenched my thirst for knowledge about language for many years. But I didn't find the formal field of linguistics until college. I had decided to major in English with the vague notion of becoming an editor or a technical writer. The English degree had a theory requirement, and Introduction to Linguistics was one of the options. I enjoyed language so much as a hobby, I wanted to see if I liked it in a classroom setting. Of course, I absolutely loved it, and when I found out I could become an editor with a Linguistics degree as well as an English degree, I switched majors immediately and the rest is history.
I have an insatiable curiosity about all things linguistic, so it is very difficult for me to narrow down my interests. But at the moment, my primary interests are historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, syntax, Germanic linguistics, Celtic linguistics, and English linguistics. Outside of linguistics, I'm always in search of a good story to keep me entertained. I love to read and watch movies. I have a wide, eclectic taste in genres, and I have dabbled in fantasy, science fiction, mystery, historical, classic, thriller, horror, contemporary or westerns. When I'm not doing any of these things, I like to get outside and go bike riding.