My three-year-old self decided that I preferred “Sam” over “Samantha,” and it stuck. However, to ensure that I am not mistaken as being male (lessons learned), my email signature and general online presence reads “Samantha.” Oh, and to clear up any confusion in advance, it’s “Halle,” like Halle Berry (rhymes with “Sally”).
Hailing from Richmond, Va., I am a Tar Heel studying both Journalism and Mass Communication (Public Relations) and Public Policy, with a minor in psychology from Duke University. After serving as the 2013 chapter director, I now serve as the marketing coordinator for Camp Kesem North Carolina, which provides two week-long, free camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer. I am the president of Students of AMF at Carolina, a service, peer-support and advocacy group for students coping with the illness or death of a loved one. And, I serve as the public relations coordinator for Order of the Bell Tower, the official student ambassadors to the chancellor. I also work with Carolina Leadership Development, volunteer at Comfort Zone Camp – the nation’s largest free bereavement camp for children who have had a parent, sibling or primary caregiver die – and write for Hello Grief. I have an addiction to quotes, could eat strawberries everyday, miss Mississippi, can’t get enough of live concerts, love roller coasters and have a soft spot for dogs and otters. Candles and office supplies are go-to gifts (purple pens, in particular) for me, I love new media technology news and Twitter makes me smile.