I recently graduated from the Journalism School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I am an aspiring travel-adventure journalist. Growing up, I moved over six times, which is probably why world-wide traveling is so appealing to me. I’m used to quickly familiarizing myself with new geographical areas, new people and new ways of life. I knew as soon as I graduated I wanted to get out of United States, so I will spending at least the next year in Santiago, Chile. Although I will have another non-journalism job to pay the bills, I’ll be freelancing and writing for a number of publications which can be found on other pages of this blog.


In college my journalistic endeavors mostly involved Rival Magazine, a joint UNC-Duke student publication. I was Editor-in-Chief for two years and it was an invaluable experience that taught me to never give up, never let your guard down and never be afraid to make corrections. Although I’m no longer at student, I’m less than enthused to cut ties with the magazine. But I know that the staff will continue to produce an excellent publication. During school also worked for Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Shine, Travel Weekly, Equally Wed and a handful of others.

Despite my international wanderlust, my home is Brevard, NC, a small mountain town on the edge of Pisgah National Forest. Located in Transylvania County and known as the Land of Waterfalls (there are about 250 in the county alone), Brevard’s main attraction is nature. This is Courthouse Falls (roughly 50 ft), one of my favorite places in PNF. Not only is the water beautifully clear and refreshing, but also because the pool beneath the fall is deep enough to safely jump off the top of the falls. I’m in the upper corner, moments before my first jump. Hiking up rivers and jumping off of waterfalls was a usual past time for my group of friends, even in the cold months of December. Living there made me appreciate the beauty in simplicity, which carried over to my life in Chapel Hill and Santiago. I’ve found that being natural and simple is sometimes the best way to express yourself or an idea.

If you have any questions about me or my work, let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them at alyssandra.barnes@gmail.com.


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