A photo of me in front of the Prague Castle.

Hello! My name is Brianna, and I’m a 2013 Drake University graduate who majored in magazine journalism with an area of concentration in society and culture. I knew I wanted to major in journalism when a teacher told me everything it has to offer – writing, layout designing, web designing, running social media, video editing and so much more. The possibilities are endless, and I can do it all thanks to my education at Drake.

My previous experience includes writing optimized SEO content for three of Meredith Corporation’s brands – Parents Magazine, Fitness Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens. I also wrote for school publications and designed layouts for The Times-Delphic, a bi-weekly student newspaper and Think Magazine, an iPad magazine created by my senior class (check it out in the iTunes app store!). I write newspaper, magazine and web articles about all topics, but my passions are social justice issues and activism. My design specialties include newspaper and magazine layouts (tablet and print) using InDesign.

Me teaching an English class in Prague.

Me teaching an English class in Prague.

I graduated magna cum laude from Drake University in May 2013, then traveled to Romania through Projects Abroad to do a journalism internship and volunteer at an orphanage. In January, I moved to Prague, Czech Republic to get my TEFL certification. While there, I taught English to first-graders at a primary school and to adults at SPĚVÁČEK.

In 2015, I won a Fulbright scholarship, so in September 2015, I moved to Bulgaria to teach English in a high school.

Currently, I just started a Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education and ESL program at Northeastern University in Boston.

Five Random Facts About Me:

1.) The first thing I wanted to be as a child was a preschool teacher. I later abandoned that dream, but I guess it came back full-circle now that I’m teaching first-grade.

2.) Estudiando español.

3.) Black is my clothing color of choice and has been since I was 13 (but I promise I’m not scary!)


I’m the one holding the “U.”

4.) I’m famous… sort of. My face was on posters throughout Prague’s metro stations for several months (see photo for proof).

5.) When I was a child, my dad always said it’s better to be 30 minutes early than 5 minutes late, which resulted in an angry little me sitting at doctor’s appointments for ungodly lengths of time. But the habit stuck, and I’m unusually early for everything now.