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Work experience

Full-time volunteer missionary

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Learned to speak, read, and write both Japanese and Portuguese for proselyting purposes.

Taught weekly English class.

Oversaw proselyting efforts of all the missionaries in a region.

Oct 2010Present

Contributing writer

Deseret News

Reviewed new film and television releases.

Reported on current media trends.

Conducted interviews with talent connected with film releases.

Generated dozens of original story ideas.

Attended and reported on film events, including the Sundance Film Festival.

Published over 80 articles with over 150,000 online views.

Sep 2012Present

Featured critic

Reviewed movies with a family values perspective.

Rated media content according to website mission statement.

Jan 2010Apr 2010

Teaching assistant

Brigham Young University

Graded essays and other assignments.

Wrote detailed feedback for students.

Held one-on-one writing conferences with students.

Assisted in development of course structure and grading rubrics.

Edited video clips for classroom use.

Jan 2010Apr 2010

Writing Fellow

Brigham Young University

Read and provided detailed feedback on student papers using a specific pedagogical method.

Held one-one-one writing conferences with students.

Helped students develop and refine paper topics and content over a four-month period.


Sep 2008Present


Brigham Young University

Emphasis in history

English and creative writing coursework

Film and media studies coursework