read my work

you can find me published in her campus online magazine, the crow's nest newspaper, whynot, and the usf newsroom.

check out some of my most favorite pieces and links to my work below.


Hi! I'm Riley.I'm 21 years-old and I am born and raised in Florida, USA.I currently attend the USF Saint Petersburg campus (USFSP), and will graduate in December of 2024. I am getting a Bachelor's of Arts, majoring in Digital Communications and Multimedia Journalism with a minor in English Literature. From June to July 2024, I also studied literature abroad in London, through a USF faculty-led program.Throughout my time in college, I have been able to focus on my passion for writing and journalism and been published in Her Campus Magazine, USF Newsroom, the Crow's Nest Newspaper, WhyNot, and later this year with an internship at Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.Outside of my writing, I am passionate about reading and literature, and am the founder and president of the official USFSP Book Club. In the club, we meet monthly to discuss our book of the month's, and I manage all finances, event planning, marketing, social media pages, and presentations. I am also passionate about photography and collect various camera and take photos of the world around us.A little less exciting, but pays for my various hobbies, is I am the Senior Reservations Manager at the USF Student Center and Events. I help manage and coordinate the hundreds events that happen on campus every semester, as well as, oversee the rest of the reservations team.That's me! Check out my social media's and my book club below:

my personal favorites

I'm Easy to Please. All I Need is a Mid-90s Romance Film.

“'I believe if there’s any kind of God it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.' The Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight) is the encapsulation of how love can withstand the test of time. ” read more....

The Brushstrokes that Connect a Community

“Through delicate brushstrokes and careful documentation of nature, impressionist art can come to life and become the most well-known genre in the art world. The Water Lily Pond, The Beach at Sainte-Adresse, The Artist’s Garden at Giverny and Poppies are some of the most famous works by Claude Monet, the French painter who founded the impressionist movement and revolutionized the art world. Monet is just one of the dozens of groundbreaking artists on display at the Museum of Fine Arts” read more....

St. Petersburg’s Struggle with Sound

“Once a place of tropical tranquility, St. Petersburg, FL, has slowly expanded into the bustling city it is today. St. Pete has become the home of many significant events like the Firestone Grand Prix, Reggae Rise Up and sporting events. The city has become a hub for events and nightlife, and while this evolution has led to an increase in residents, it has also increased the noise. Noise pollution is one of the lesser-discussed issues that can have harmful effects on the people” read more....

From Concerts to the Classroom: Taylor Swift-inspired Courses and Clubs Emerge at USF

“'Taylor Swift Fever' has swept the world, whether it is through Swift’s yearly album releases, attendance at football games or announcements at award shows. Part of this craze has also been happening at college campuses across the country who are hosting college courses based around the artist, from her lyricism in music to impact on copyright law,” read more....

How St. Petersburg is Fighting Back Against Book Bans

“Books are core parts of expanding our knowledge and have been incorporated into the school curriculum since its inception. Older books, like Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” which was banned in 1885 by librarians, or “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, which has been attempted to be banned multiple times, yet is still taught in schools. Despite how normalized book bans have been in our country’s history, recently book bans, specifically in Florida, have been taken to a new level.” read more....

She Has a Ludicrously Capacious Baggu

“'She brought a ludicrously capacious bag. What’s even in there? Huh? Flat shoes for the subway? Her lunch pail? I mean, Greg, it’s monstrous.' Over the summer, you may have seen the TikTok trend using this scene from Succession of Tom Wambsgans describing the purse that Greg Hirsch’s date uses. This trend mostly consists of two sides: users showing off their unique bags, like a wicker crab purse or an actual working clock, and doing a 'what’s in my bag' style of posts based around bags by the brand Baggu.” read more....


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