Katie’s Farewell The first time I ever stepped into the office, I was a nervous student vying for my first job in college. Little did I know that two years later, my time at High Country Home would turn into the inspiration for future career opportunities. I leave Boone as a recent graduate of Appalachian State University. Throughout my time here, I have learned what it takes to be part of a creative team that works together to create one collective product – something that we can’t stop staring at once it’s finally sitting on our desks in print. Issue after issue, I never get over the feeling of seeing all our work bound together in one glossy, complete magazine. All of our hard work, the phone calls, the article writing, the brainstorming, and the troubleshooting boiled down into pages of a magazine that I can hold onto as I end my time as a student in Boone and transition to a new part of my life.
It has truly been such an invaluable experience to be a part of this team and stunning publication. These are some of the most hardworking and dedicated people that I have ever worked with. Each issue brought a new slew of ideas and goals to constantly grow and improve. As I leave my job as Content Editor, I can’t help but think how this part-time job that I accepted two years ago has truly become part of my life and a motivation for my future. I have had the opportunity to walk through some of the most gorgeous houses in this region, write articles for the most hospitable families and homeowners, and meet and interview devoted local business owners. The people that I’ve met through this publication have been true reflections of the High Country itself: genuinely impressive. I have been so fortunate to explore and learn about so many areas of our beautiful region as part of my work: describing a panoramic view of Grandfather Mountain through a living room window, seeing the local abundance of the Watauga County farmer’s market, highlighting the personal creativity and detail that went into a particularly custom kitchen. While I may be leaving the High Country, it will always hold a special place in my heart; I already know that I’ll be eager to find each new issue of High Country Home around town during my inevitable visits back. Sincerely, Katie Strasser