After graduating from Stetson University with a BA in English and a minor in Sociology and Journalism, Alex Shimalla came to the University of Georgia to start her Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism. Shimalla is from Richmond Hill, GA and has worked as an intern, staff writer, and freelance writer for a variety of publications prior to coming to UGA. She was given an assistantship with Archway through Grady College and is excited for the new experience and different angle of writing. Her goal for the future is to write, and she looks forward to seeing where her talent will take her. Following her passion, Shimalla spent two weeks in Lisbon, Portugal last summer for a writing conference. While there, she spent the majority of her free time visiting ancient castles and exploring the country to see what it had to offer.