- Graduated 2018
Junior, English and media arts and design double major.
Originally a theater major, Amanda lucked out when an English professor at JMU pushed her in the right direction—an English major! Amanda has always had a love for the written word and that quickly turned into a passion for writing.
“You can say things in writing that people would not accept if you said them out loud– the sincerity, the depth, and the poetic lyricism of the written word is something that you are rarely able to achieve in conversation.”
Since the eighth grade Amanda has been interested in Photojournalism. Sparked by current events and war photojournalism, Amanda knew that she had found the job for her.
Amanda found her way to TAD through research she had done prior to attending JMU, and once here she became friends with a staff member and the rest is history! After having several photos accepted into TAD’s “Home” gallery show, Amanda was thrilled when TAD offered her a position that would be challenging, experience-building and would enhance her skills in her field.
She occupies a photojournalist position here at TAD and belongs to both the writing and photography team. While at TAD Amanda hopes to learn how to adapt her style of writing to fit into TAD’s professional and audience conscious writing style. She is looking forward to having assignments and working closely with clients and deadlines.
After TAD, Amanda’s dream job would be something in history and media. She hopes to start a project with Google, “aimed at making archival and historical resources accessible to a wider public”. She wants to open up to all audiences the wonderful historical object and artifacts that are contained within museums and governmental facilities.
When Amanda is not at TAD or the English department she can be found singing, playing piano, taking photos, reading, hiking, rock climbing or enjoying a swim in NEWREC.
Fun fact, Amanda is a self described Army brat!