Welcome! My name is Alexandra Olsen and I am a Digital Media Editor at the Cedar Rapids Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I recently graduated with my B.A. in multimedia journalism from Columbia College Chicago in May, 2017. I launched the Trail Mix blog in June, 2015, initially as a way to chronicle my two-month exploration of Norway before starting my junior year at Columbia. Since then, this site has turned into my living portfolio, featuring my personal blog posts as well as my published work on various platforms. Its purpose is the same as it has always been, to create a reading experience similar to reaching into a bag of trail mix and eating a handful of various snacks.