cropped-rachel_headshot2.jpgMy name is Rachel PlouseĀ and I am a senior at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in English. I expect to graduate in December 2017.

I’m aspiring to break into the professional writing field. My ideal career would be working for a publishing house, reading manuscripts and helping authors reach their full potential.

I currently work as the director of marketing and communications at a boutique real estate firm. There I use my skills to market real estate listings through print and social media. I write copy for websites and blogs, helping to promote listings and the Cashiers-Highlands area.


Over this past summer, I worked at Old Cashiers Realty as an intern. You can see my full internship portfolio here.

I’ve worked as the News Editor for the Western Carolina Journalist since January, 2017 where I cover several different beats including environment, campus news, and community news. I am also responsible for editing and assigning stories to the rest of the WCJ staff. In the Fall 2017 semester, I started and coordinated a news podcast for the WCJ.

I have written stories that have been published in multiple local papers including the Crossroads Chronicle and Sylva Herald in Jackson County, NC. You can read several of those here.

In my spare time I am very active in the online book community. I have a blog where I read and review novels. I also have an Instagram (or “bookstagram”) where I use my photography skills to show people why some of us really do judge books on their covers.