I’m Saleen, a reporter in Norfolk, VA.
My dad named me after the Saleen Mustang, which I hated at first. Now I love it because it’s different, like me.
I went to Virginia Wesleyan College (now known as Virginia Wesleyan University). I wanted to teach, and to help other students experience the joy and liberation that I did through writing.
Wesleyan was awesome, but I soon realized teaching English isn’t what I was born to do, so I went to the University of Georgia to study journalism.
I’ve accomplished so much more than I ever could’ve imagined in these two years. I’ve written stories about women who have been in mental hospitals, families whose dogs have battled cancer, and election day. I’ve had work published by news outlets, I’ve worked at a news station in my hometown, and I just graduated in May and started writing for me hometown newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot.
When I’m not working, I’m at home binge-watching TV shows or with friends.
I love watching YouTube videos ranging from family vlogs to ear wax extraction videos too. Gross, but satisfying! I also love live-tweeting my favorite TV shows, singing, being outdoors, and traveling.
I blog sometimes, too. I mostly write about mental health and the places I visit. If you check out my blog, you’ll see that I’ve written a lot about overcoming mental health struggles and how valuable support systems are throughout this process.
My site is full of my published work, footage from my study abroad trip to Prague, and articles I’ve written as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia.
If you’d like to chat, you’re a huge TV or movie fanatic, or you just need someone to talk to, feel free to connect with me via my social media contacts at the bottom of this page. You can also e-mail me at Saleen.firstname.lastname@example.org.