I feel privileged to say I was born and raised in Richmond Hill.
I spent my childhood swinging on the branches of Live Oak trees, jumping into the waters of the Ogeechee River. I spent my awkward years roaming the halls of Richmond Hill Middle School. I thought I knew everything there was to know about life as I walked across the stage after graduating from Richmond Hill High.
This is the place I found my voice, in both writing and song. This is where I learned those first invaluable life lessons – on grace, heartbreak, kindness, love. This is the place I met some of my absolute best friends. This is the place that laid the foundation for the person I’ve been, the person I am and the person I hope to become.
After spending four years away at Georgia College & State University, I truly realized how huge of an impact this community has had on me. There is something about this place that is unlike any other – maybe it’s the proximity to the water, the spread of the tree branches or the sand gnats in the summertime. But more than anything else, it’s the people. The people here – the teachers, the parents, the business owners, the kids – they’re different. They’re special.
To me, there’s nothing more interesting than the true stories of people’s everyday lives. That’s why I decided to pursue a career in journalism. That’s why I am excited to be a part of Reflections. It’s all about the people.
I am so glad to have a job, and even more so, I am so glad to have a job that allows me to give something back to a community that has given me so much.