Chrystal Begay

Freelance Writer & Communications Specialist

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Who I Am

Hi, I’m Chrystal Begay. I’m a freelance writer, communications specialist, and occasional designer and photographer living outside of Boston, MA. I love to write, and I’m wicked passionate about my work.

What I Do

Writing, Editing & Proofreading
Email Marketing & Communications
Graphic Design & Web Design
Image Editing
Photography

My Story

The youngest of three children, I grew up in Billerica, MA, a suburban town located 20 miles outside Boston. It wasn’t until my junior year as a philosophy major when I realized that I enjoyed reading T.S. Elliot and Jack Kerouac much more than Heidegger and Nietzsche, and I added English as a second major.

After graduating summa cum laude with my B.A. in English and philosophy, I returned to the University of Massachusetts for my M.Ed in curriculum and instruction. During the next three years I lived in Upstate New York while my fiancé (now husband) pursued his M.F.A. at Rochester Institute of Technology. While in Rochester, I spent my days proofreading letters for a company contracted by the federal government to review Medicare appeals, and I spent my evenings coaching a local swim team.

I currently reside in the Boston area, working part-time as a communications coordinator at a fitness center and also as an administrator for a nonprofit management consulting organization. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, running, photography, snowboarding, and spending time with my husband and three young children.

My Skills

Writing 95%
Graphic & Web Design 75%
Photography 65%

M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction
B.A., English
B.A., Philosophy
University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Communications Coordinator
& Senior Member Services Representative
Wightman Tennis Center
(present)

Administrator
Soar Management Consulting Group
(present)

Administrator
Maximus Federal Services
(2008 – 2011)

Education, Fitness, Health, Recreation, Environmental Issues, Sustainability