Now is the Time. Memphis is the Place.

Hi, I’m Elise Giles

Although I was born in and raised around Memphis for the past 19 years, I am still constantly discovering new sides to this amazing city.  

I grew up very involved in various communities around the city through school and extracurriculars. I graduated from St. Benedict at Auburndale High School alongside some great friends. Eager to branch out, I decided to attend Loyola University Chicago, where I just finished my freshman year studying business and communications. While everyone told me I was crazy for wanting to bear the Midwest winters, I’ve loved getting to explore a new city— the majority of my free time spent finding favorite parks, beaches, restaurants, and shops.

I am a member of Chi Omega women’s fraternity, an organization that has helped me grow into a better version of myself and led me to friends that will last a lifetime. I also found a community at Loyola through a club called Ramble Outdoors that aims to educate students on outdoor ethics and provide opportunities to get outside and get active. I made great friends and memories hiking at various state parks around Illinois, kayaking on Lake Michigan, and climbing the indoor rock-wall on campus. Despite the frequent subzero temperatures of second semester, I completely fell in love with the Windy City.  

As I’m sure a lot of you know, Memphis has a way of making it so easy to miss. Experiencing a new place with new people made my appreciation of my hometown grow even more. You can ask any of my friends, I never stopped talking about how much I missed Memphis’ water, being able to get anywhere in about twenty minutes, and of course, all the amazing people that make this city so special. Another one of my favorite things about Memphis is its music scene.  I have loved supporting my friends at local venues like The Hi Tone, Minglewood or Loflin Yard. If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that Memphis is filled with so much opportunity.

I am thrilled to be home for the next few months and working for Choose901.  I will also be spending my third summer working for Mempops, my favorite (maybe I’m biased) local business, as well as Anthropologie at Saddle Creek. When I’m not working, you can find me spending countless hours at Shelby Farms Park with friends or spending too much money at my favorite local restaurants (Memphis Pizza Café, Crazy Noodle, or Hog and Hominy).  

Through Choose901, I hope to discover and lead my fellow Memphians to all the worthwhile opportunities this unique city has to offer. For me, choosing 901 is not a one-time thing; every day is an opportunity to choose the grit and grind, the smalltown charm, and the big city hustle that Memphis so proudly represents.

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