About Michelle

Michelle

Hello.  My name is Michelle.  If you’ve found your way over from one of my other blogs, you probably already know this.  If not, now you do.  I’m a New Jersey native, formerly of Pennsauken and Mt. Laurel.  I am an enlisted member of the U.S. Coast Guard who is currently stationed in Detroit, Michigan as an Operations Specialist, Third Class.  I man radios and provide search and rescue communications and a live Coast Guard contact for mariners from just south of Aplena, MI to just west of Vermillion, OH.  My area of responsibility covers a large portion of the American side of Lake Huron, all American waters of the St. Clair River, Lake Saint Clair, and Detroit River, as well as a portion of the American waters of Lake Erie.   I am also a certified New Jersey Social Studies teacher, although given the cuts to public education over the last several years, you will probably not be surprised to hear that I no longer teach.  I have worked for Apple in New Jersey and Manhattan since then, and also spent a stint closer to home as an SAT tutor for Huntington Learning Center.

Education and Career Goals

My background is in world history and economics.  I am currently enrolled in Oregon State University in a Bachelor or Science program to go along with the Bachelor of Arts that I earned from The College of New Jersey in 2007.  My goal is to finish my degree with OSU in 2015.  By that time I also hope to be fluent in French, which I am currently learning the basics of using Rosetta Stone.  I will finish my contract with the Coast Guard shortly after I finish my degree and am hoping to work as a research assistant or analyst in New York or Philadelphia for a few years before pursuing graduate work in Economics.  I’ve moved around quite a bit in my Coast Guard career and I’m looking forward to returning home sometime soon.

Video Editing

I am also a video editor, though I usually edit as a hobby and do not see it as a career that I would be happy with.  In that capacity, I edited the first and only season of Issues: The Series, which was released online in 2009.  I have also served as assistant editor on Altostratus FilmsA Passing Afternoon, as well as the editor for the company’s 24-hour NYC Film Race submission: Happenstance.  Despite now living far from New York, I am working with my husband and some of our good friends on a new show that we hope to start shooting in the fall fo 2014.  I can’t release any details right now, but I’m excited for this project.