Baxter

 I spent my birthday by the beach, eating freshly made salad, my favorite sandwich—BLT— and watching the waves hit the cement wall and the mist coat our faces.

Dakota is a Bret Harte High School alumna and attended Davidson College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.