Meet Ariel Felton 👋
Graduation Year: 2012
Major: English with a focus in journalism (went on to get her M.F.A. in Writing from SCAD in 2015)
Q: How did your time spent at #VState shape your professional career?
A: While enrolled at VSU, I was the features editor of The Spectator and also interned for The Voice, the VSU alumni magazine. After graduating in 2012, I was accepted into the M.F.A. writing program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Before I moved to Savannah, my VSU advisor, Dr. Pat Miller, connected me with the news editor of Savannah Morning News. Thanks to her, I had an assignment before even unpacking my bags in Savannah! The journalism skills and experience I gained at VSU helped sustain my freelance career while getting my master’s degree and beyond. I graduated from SCAD in 2015, and I’m now an executive writer for the university’s executive office. I continue to freelance on the side, and my work has been published in The Progressive, The Bitter Southerner, Under the Gum Tree, Savannah Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Scalawag magazine, and Reductress.
Curious to read some of her work? Read a recent essay she wrote titled, “A Letter to My Neice.”