Intern Intro: Jelissa

Name: Jelissa Burns

Age: 20

Hometown: Racine, Wisconsin

School attending: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, expected graduation date is December 2020

Tell us about your background: I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Wisconsin when I was 4 years old. I always have had a passion for literature and writing. Journalism seemed to be my calling because I am naturally curious and people tend to open up to me easily. I decided to go to UWO for school to get away from my home town, but also because the journalism department there is very successful and they do a lot for their students. I have lived in Oshkosh for two years now and I enjoy the city and the local activities.

Why did you want to be an intern at FCM? When I read the requirements and what the internship had in store I was really excited. It caught my attention right away because it seemed like somewhere I could actually gain experience from instead of being a “coffee runner.” Not only that, but I think the style of the magazine is cute and homey. It grabs the attention of visitors or tourists, and it keeps the locals up to date on what’s happening around them.

What’s your favorite thing about the Fox Cities?The environment here is so friendly and inviting. I like the diversity of the stories in the magazine as well. The magazine has a sort of laid back style to it but it’s still professional and interesting. The office here is also very cute.

The last book you read: The last book I read was “Hemlock Grove” which actually got turned into a Netflix series that I adore.

Last movie you watched: The last movie I watched was “Freddy vs Jason” on Netflix.

Any hidden talents? I don’t really have any talents at all let alone hidden ones. I’m really good at picking out ripe produce but that’s about it.

What can’t you live without? My two cats Luna and Onyx.

What’s the biggest risk you ever took?Leaving my hometown and moving to Oshkosh permanently after my freshman year in college.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Life is too short for you to make yourself suffer in order to make someone else better. 

Describe your perfect Saturday: My perfect Saturday would be a really rainy day, preferably a thunderstorm, when I don’t have to work, and I can just stay inside and light candles and read or watch Netflix without having any responsibility. 

Follow Jelissa on Instagram @mixtape.queenxo and stay tuned for her upcoming blog series this summer!

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