I earned my B.A. cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. During my time as a student, I took courses related to abnormal psychology, theories of crime causation and social research, complemented by general education courses in English, history, science, art and philosophy.
The bulk of my coursework consisted of group projects and research papers. Some of the topics I wrote on included human reproductive cloning, the Matthew Shepard murder case, public shaming in the justice system and the cognitive benefits of first-person shooter games. For my senior-year capstone paper, I extensively researched the gender wage gap and the pros and cons of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
I’ve always enjoyed analyzing and critiquing films. Just about every genre piques my interest, though the one I love most is horror. You can read my horror-related musings at Wicked Horror.
Music is another topic I’m passionate about. I listen to many different genres on a regular basis, including classical, movie scores, gothic rock, synthpop, indie and Top 40.
I’ve been an avid gamer since I was a little kid. I’m particularly fond of Nintendo games, sidescrollers and adventure games.
In September 2015, I backpacked Europe for four weeks with my sister. I enjoy traveling and sightseeing, as well as researching exciting destinations across the country and world. You can read my travel-related content at Parachute.