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I am an 18-year-old Athens, Georgia native currently studying at Mercer University. I plan on double majoring in Journalism and Law & Public Policy with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies on the pre-law track. A writer, musician, feminist, and aspiring human rights lawyer, I hope to use my platforms to inspire positive change by providing different perspectives on the world’s political and social issues. I believe in analyzing and criticizing society, providing solutions to the problems identified and holding our government and other leaders accountable — while always remembering that most people are good.

I wrote and edited for my high school newspaper for two years and obtained a staff writing position with Affinity Magazine in my senior year. After graduating high school, I started working as a freelance writer and producing content for Livingston Research. I spent the summer of 2017 as a journalism intern for Step Up Magazine and staff writer for Women’s Republic while continuing my freelancing: I wrote for Vocal, where my writing was selected as a Staff Pick, and for various channels on Medium. That summer, editors of Politics Means Politics read my work and invited me to join their team a paid contributor for their free and Premium sites. I have contributed to the Genetic Literacy Project, Sprout Literary Magazine, Athena Talks, Curieux Academic Journal and Rantt News.

Awards

I began an internship with Girls Rock Athens in August 2017 after volunteering with their summer day camp, which provides female empowerment and self-esteem building among youth of marginalized identities through creative expression and music education. My year-round work includes blogging as well as producing Volunteer Spotlights and Activist Spotlights for the nonprofit’s newsletter. This year, I will help design and implement a podcast with the organization.

I assumed an Editor position with Step Up Magazine in January 2018, and I will also be featured in their weekly “Let’s Talk” column. Later that month, I was offered the position of Lead Writer of the News section for my campus newspaper, The Cluster.

Aside from writing, I am also involved with the SOUL (Seeking Openness, Understanding, and Learning) Project, a Mercer University initiative training students in deliberative dialogue: discussions between people with various, or even oppositional, viewpoints on a divisive or controversial topic with the goals of learning from all parties and proposing solutions that will benefit not only the changemakers, but all those affected by an issue and its resolution. We received this training from a professor at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law last semester. This spring, we will utilize those skills to develop a training program encouraging thoughtful, solution-based discussions among high school students in Macon, Georgia, a city with a history of racial, socioeconomic and religious tension.

I am also the Campus Relations Chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a tour guide for Mercer University Admissions and a volunteer reading tutor with Read2Succeed through the United Way of Central Georgia.

Athens Banner-Herald, June 8, 2017: Athens Academy grad gets summer internship at Step Up magazine

Contact: emilyrosethorne6@gmail.com