February Wrap Up

I had a rough start to my reading month. I just couldn’t focus on anything in print until midway through the month. It was incredibly frustrating, and damaging to my review schedule… I’ll be reading up a storm to catch up! A couple of books came off of my review schedule because I hated them, and…

My next chapter has begun!

As of this evening, I will officially have finished my first week working at my first full time job. I talked about getting this job about a month ago, and now I’m officially in it! I’m the new Pittsylvania County reporter for the Danville Register & Bee, which has been a lot of fun so…

I’m Moving Out!

I’ve heard it said that “Virginia is for Lovers“, and while that may be the case, Virginia is also where I’ve chosen to take my next step forward. That’s right, folks! I’m moving to Virginia! I have been offered, and accepted, a position in Danville, Virginia with the Danville Register & Bee! I will be…

Dear Bob McCulloch,

You took the time several times in your speech tonight to blame the media and social media multiple times for a variety of things regarding the death of Michael Brown. We the people are here to keep the government honest. We the journalists are here to make sure that the government hears the people. If you want…

Back to School!

It’s officially the end of the first week of classes, which means that I’m officially a senior in college all set to graduate in May. I haven’t decided whether I’m more terrified or excited to be this close to graduation, but I’m sure I’ll figure that out as the next two semesters go buy. What…

Snow week!

Last time I checked in, it was with this article. We were waiting on a winter storm, and it definitely hit us hard. Thanks to that storm, I’ve had a five day weekend, which was great. WCU handled the situation incredible well, unlike the way they handled the last storm we had this semester. Over the…

Cullowhee & Sylva

Cullowhee & Sylva This is an article I co-wrote with one of my awesome Western Carolinian coworkers, Brandy Carl. She did an internship with Asheville’s Mountain Xpress this summer, and now works for them as a freelancer, but she was able to get me in on an article about our lovely small towns, which was…

Hello, World!

  My name is Ceillie Simkiss, and I’m a 19-year-old journalism student at Western Carolina University. I currently work for The Western Carolinian as a photographer and a staff writer. I’ve worked there as a photographer for three semesters and this is my second semester as a writer. I mainly work in Arts and Entertainment, given…