Jamie McClintock, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2017, with a BA in English: Public and Professional Writing and a minor in French. As an undergraduate, Jamie served as editor-in-chief for Auburn’s literary magazine, worked as a peer writing consultant, and led volunteer shifts for Auburn’s Campus Kitchen chapter. She also interned as a journalist for Weld: Birmingham’s Newspaper. After her time at Impact Alabama, Jamie hopes to continue working in the nonprofit sector and earn a graduate degree in education or public administration.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

My favorite quote is the last line of The Great Gatsby: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly back into the past.” When I read Gatsby as a junior in high school—even before Baz Luhrmann made it cool— I underlined this sentence in my book and wrote “wow.” I still can’t get over the sheer poetic awesomeness of this one sentence that ties up the entire novel.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I’ve had the opportunity to set foot on all seven continents. My dad’s work as a marine biologist has taken my family all over the world, including Antarctica. After a 3-month sabbatical in New Zealand, several trips to South America, a senior trip to Thailand, and a summer abroad in France, I set foot on my final continent – Africa – in 2014.