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As you've no doubt gathered by now, I'm Rachel. Pleased to meet you.
I graduated from Duke University in May 2008 with a degree in history and am originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. I now work at CNN as a writer and producer for user participation, and I live in Atlanta. If you meet me, you'll probably ask why I don't have a southern accent. It's because neither of my parents is from the south and I've spent a lot of time up north. You'll probably also ask why I got a degree in history if I wanted to go into journalism, and I'll respond with this oh-so-brilliant quote from Philip Graham that sums it up rather neatly: "Journalism is the first rough draft of history." And, of course, the next thing you'll probably say is either "I love your basketball team" or "I hate your basketball team." More likely the latter. But don't feel bad. We enjoy being hated. And speaking of basketball, yes, I've tented out for Duke basketball in Krzyzewskiville. Once for almost two months, and it was absolutely worth it. Now that I no longer have to camp outside for basketball tickets, I live in a cozy nest in the treetops of Atlanta (also known as a fourth-floor walk-up) with my 11-year-old tortie cat, Ella.
I really enjoy green jasmine tea, grilled cheese sandwiches, sunshine, constitutional and intellectual property law, Ella Fitzgerald, Christmas lights, cities, Powerbooks, my down comforter, musical theater, coffee shops, museums, reading the paper and listening to NPR, and throwing my bow arm into the air after playing the last note of a symphony. I can't stand math problems involving distance or unit conversion, wearing socks & shoes in the summertime, feeling unorganized, ignorance, really cold weather, light bulbs burning out, waking up really late, or non-sugar-free gum. And as you might be able to tell from the previous couple of sentences, I am strongly in favor of the Oxford comma. But yes, I know it's against AP style, so don't worry, I won't use it in any writing that I do for you.
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