Intern Spotlight: Ariana Adams

Greetings fellow bloggers! My name is Ariana Adams, and I am an upcoming senior at the University of North Georgia who has been lucky enough to land an internship with our fantastic Press this Spring. I am so excited to begin this journey and learn about all of the intriguing ins and outs of the publishing industry during my time here.

When not at the Press, I am making myself a fixture in all of the regular haunts for English majors on campus such as our beautiful library, enchanting Great Room, and our fabulous English Department. I have also enjoyed exploring some of the other art programs on campus. From our excellent and inspiring Music Department, which I was honored to participate in through the concert band my freshman year, to the Art Department itself where I am currently pursuing a minor in Graphic Design, I have loved exploring and learning about the arts and how they both move and challenge us.

Other than my love of the arts, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, crocheting, reading, watching Netflix (a habit I am currently trying to curb), and building community in the resident halls as a Resident Assistant on our beautiful Dahlonega campus. Considering most of my hobbies and their laid-back nature, many of my friends tease me and say that I am the ultimate Mom Friend of the group. Personally, I take the title as a compliment. Helping others through anything that comes their way has always been a passion of mine, and I hope to bring positive and encouraging characteristics into every interaction I have.

After graduating, my hope is to earn a Master’s Degree in Publishing and work at a small indie press for a while to gain additional experience. After that the future is a bit unclear, but I am eager to see what new opportunities and experiences are in store. For now though, I am honored to share the next few months with you, and thrilled to learn everything I can from our strong and extremely talented University Press staff. Until next time lovely readers, adieu!

Intern Spotlight: Josh Vaughn

Hello, blog patrons! My name is Joshua Vaughn, but most people just call me Josh—unless you’re my mom or younger brother. In that case, it’s Joshua Kane. Since beginning college, my goal was to intern at the University Press, so I’m ecstatic to be working here this summer. Currently, I’m an upcoming senior at UNG, and I’m majoring in English, Writing and Publication and minoring in Japanese.

I wanted to work at the University Press not only because of the knowledge I will gain, but also because of the Press’ mission to provide Open Educational Resources (OERs) to students. As a student, this mission is close to my heart. I believe all students should have easily accessible course materials, and the University of North Georgia Press makes this possible.

In my free time, I like playing video games or hanging out with friends. Sometimes though, I just like to sit on my couch and binge watch Netflix while snacking on something—usually ice cream or extra toasted Cheez-its. Here are some other things about me:

  • I have played guitar since middle school
  • I love a good western movie or book
  • My favorite author is Hunter S. Thompson
  • My favorite color is orange
  • I can’t pick a favorite movie, but some I enjoy are The Machinist, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Mean Girls (don’t tell anyone about that last one)
  • I have all my wisdom teeth

After graduating, I want to teach English in Japan for a year or two before coming back to the United Sates. When I get back, I would like to work at a publishing house or press—hence the internship at the University Press. My life aspiration is not wealth, but to work somewhere I can clock out and not have to deal with work until the next morning. Thanks for taking the time to learn about me, bye!

Intern Spotlight: Brooke Caine

Salutations, fellow lovers of language! My name is Brooke Caine, and I am a senior who will be joining the UNG Press as an intern this summer. Until my junior year of high school, I did not ever see myself in an institution of higher learning, as none of my family members have ever obtained a degree, and my grades were modest at best. However, thanks to the urgings of my mother and some well-selected Advanced Placement courses during my junior and senior year, I am proud to say that I graduated from North Forsyth High School in 2011 with a GPA of 3.2 and a letter of admission to UNG for the following fall semester.

My decision to pursue writing and publication as a major was born largely from the fact that I have been almost unnaturally obsessed with literature since before I could even read or speak properly. One of my mother’s favorite stories: At fifteen months old, I would regularly pull down every book from a shelf that was even larger than myself and babble nonsense in an attempt at ‘reading’. Imagine a small and rather chubby child sitting on a mountain of discarded but nevertheless beloved books with an enormous smile on her face—that is me, albeit slightly larger now and fairly literate by this point.

In addition to my passion for the written word, I am also a lover of languages. During my time at UNG, I have studied Chinese and Russian (the first briefly and the second as a minor) both in the classroom and with native speakers who were generous enough to invite me into their culture and share with me their language, food, and friendship. Naturally, I am always delighted to see works by authors whose countries and customs are different from my own. My favorite English course by far was Immigrant Literature as it gave me an intimate perspective on the struggles and joys of those who come to this country as dreamers and the memories of the lands and people that they left behind.

Ever since I was a child, I have been a firm believer that every story deserves to be told as there is always someone who needs to hear it. To that end, my goal is to work in a publishing company that focuses specifically on the voices that have heretofore been pushed aside or even erased in the flow of history. During the course of my internship, I would like to learn the basics of the industry—proofreading, editing, marketing, design, production—in a work environment that promotes a global and open-minded perspective, both in business practices and the works that we produce for our student body and community.


Intern Spotlight: Autumn Futch

Hi guys! I’m Autumn Futch and I’m the new UNG Press intern for the spring semester. I’m definitely looking forward to many new adventures and learning experiences here at the Press! Before I start this semester-long journey, I thought you all deserved to know a little about me.

I’m a senior English major with a concentration in Writing and Publication here at UNG. I am also a writing tutor at UNG’s Writing Center! English has always been my passion. I always loved to read when I was younger, but in high school, grammar really became my true passion. This major has allowed me so many great chances to do what I love!

This is my second year at UNG, as I transferred here last year as a junior looking for bigger and better opportunities. It is safe to say that I have found them. I’m originally from a very small city, a little over two hours south of Dahlonega, called Molena, Georgia. Molena is so tiny we only have a caution light! Needless to say, I’m used to the small-town vibe that Dahlonega has, but I am always looking for more opportunities.

I’m incredibly dedicated to my schoolwork, so I’m usually doing homework, studying, or creating lists for future assignments. (I love to plan!) My education is one of the most important things to me; therefore, you can usually find me cracking open a book or writing a paper nearly every weekend. You will also probably find me drinking a large iced coffee because I have a problem and it helps me get through any long studying session.

Though I’m usually wrapped up in schoolwork, I still find time to do the things I love, which include reading, making my friends laugh, hanging out with dogs, and FaceTiming my sister and my little niece. My niece is just a few months shy of being a year old and I’m happy to say that she is a lot like me: She already loves books! Every time I video chat with my sister, my niece is banging on a book and trying out new words. Her favorite word right now is HEY! I might be biased, but she’s definitely the best baby. Getting to chat with her and the rest of my family is a sure-fire way of brightening my day!

While at the UNG Press, I am certain I will learn more than ever before. I am so excited to work with such fantastic and knowledgeable people from whom I can learn valuable information and experience. I cannot wait to grow as a person in the profession of my dreams!

Student Worker Spotlight: Sam Young

Hey everybody! My name is Sam Young, and I am your average 20 something trying to make it in the world one step at a time. Currently though, I am a senior marketing major who is working as the marketing assistant here at the University of North Georgia Press!

I was born and raised in Georgia and have found a home at UNG. I love to spend my time doing a variety of activities that range from hiking to reading to chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool. Like all the people here at the Press office, I have a passion for reading and storytelling of all kinds. I find that stories have a way of transporting us into a new worlds, new perspectives, and new ideas that we would not have without them. I love to read almost anything, so book recommendations are always welcome! Other than that, I’m like most UNG students and love to be outdoors! Hiking and camping are some of my favorite pastimes when I get the chance. I am also a huge TV watcher. My current favorites are anything HBO produces, and of course Parks and Rec. Outside of avid TV watching, I am actively involved in many of the organizations that we have here on campus. You can find me at any Nighthawks Entertainment event, SGA meeting, or any other of the myriad of campus activities that we have here. These organizations help me stay plugged into UNG life and given me the opportunity to serve the student body in some of my favorite ways: fun events and advocating for our community!

During my time here at UNG Press, I hope to learn a lot and use the wide variety of knowledge that I have about marketing, advertising, and graphic design to push our name out there. I am trying to absorb as much as I can at this internship, so that I can use my experiences here and apply them to the marketing industry once I graduate in May. I am excited to learn more about the publishing industry and whatever else I may discover during my time here!

Student Worker Spotlight: Emilee Hawkins

Hello there, curious readers! If you clicked on this post, you’re more than likely curious to learn more about me! If not, well you’re here now, so sit back, relax, and let’s get to know one another! My name is Emilee Hawkins, and I am one of the new student workers at UNG Press. I graduated with honors from Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia, and I am currently a sophomore at the University of North Georgia. I am honored and excited to be given the opportunity to work with the Press, and put my skills to the test!

Writing and posting blogs has always been an interest of mine. Being the youngest of two sisters meant I was the guinea pig of new hairstyles and makeup trends, so I would often run away and hide, which gave me a lot of free time to read and practice my writing. The more I wrote, the more I fell in love with it. That is one of the reasons why I was so excited to be able to work at the Press—I would finally get to do what I honestly loved doing as a job. When I found out, I immediately called my mother to tell her the good news. I may have also done a little dance outside the building, but there is no proof to confirm that occurred…except for that elderly couple who just so happened to drive past me and witness the whole one-woman-shindig. Based on their cackling, I am fairly confident they enjoyed it, much to my embarrassment and horror.

On a personal level, there isn’t much that is too exciting about me—possibly a bit weird or strange, but we’ll use the term unique for the sake of my pride and self-esteem. Outside of the Press, you can usually find me reading or writing, stressing over tests, making terrible puns, singing, and watching some sort of horror movie or conspiracy theory. I have a (un)healthy relationship with Netflix (the lock-screen on my phone is Netflix if that tells you anything), and I frequently find myself staying up into the early hours of the night, lying to myself as I say I’ll only watch one more episode before I go to sleep. Thankfully, this only occurs during the summer, so I am able to focus on my schoolwork in the fall and spring semesters. It is a vicious cycle, but it is the burden I bear.

In all seriousness, I am highly honored to be on the UNG Press team. They are all very welcoming and kind, and it is so humbling and amazing to have the opportunity to work with all of them. Now that you’ve learned a little about me, please check out the Press’s other social media! You can find us on Facebook (@UnivPressNG), Twitter (@UnivPressNG), and Instagram (@ung_press)! Give them some love and support; they all deserve it! Until next time, curious readers! Have a wonderful fall!