Hi there! My name is Halah Flynn. It’s pronounced like hallelujah or jalapeno, but not Challah or hollaback. I’m a senior in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating in May 2016 with degrees in Public Relations and Global Studies, I plan to leave my North Carolina roots in search of a job that puts my passions to good use. Ideally, that includes education, international social movements and crisis communication.
If you’re missing a comma or need a ghost writer, I’m the gal you’ve been waiting for! I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer. After switching majors four times, I finally found my calling in a food writing course, during which I discovered that I love writing even more than I love food. I’ve always had a way with words; I was voted wittiest in the 8th grade, but hindsight is 20/20.
To me, the only thing better than writing is travel writing. During the summer of 2015, I spent several months studying Arabic in Fes, Morocco. Living in the largest carless urban area in the world, I attended the World Music Festival, fasted during Ramadan, and even survived running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
I firmly believe that if you want to change the world, you have to know about it first, so I spend my free time with Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment (HYPE), a campus organization dedicated to tutoring young students who live in Chapel Hill’s public housing communities. I’ve also spent my spring breaks serving the homeless communities in San Francisco and Denver.
My skills include writing, public speaking, Arabic literacy and web content and development. I worked as a public relations intern for Quixote Group, LLC, of Greensboro, N.C., and the NC Works Career Center of Chapel Hill, where I wrote content for clients, became well versed in media tracking and reporting, and even built a website! I currently work as a program operations intern at 2U, Inc., where I have put my data analysis and corporate blogging skills in practice.
TL;DR: Grammar police, globe trotter, breakfast addict. Believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of the hustle.