“Choose your own adventure” is the epitome of my life. Ever since I was little, I lived for adventure. I would often pack up a little Winnie the Pooh backpack and disappear into the woods for hours, rain or shine. Looking back I realize these were the moments that made me the person I am today. I’ve always struggled with finding my “thing”. Meaning my career of choice or my major. It was always dreaded being asked that question because although I have many interests, nothing seemed quite right, and believed me, I’ve tried a lot of different paths. Call me the Goldilocks of careers.
Today, at 25 years old I feel like I finally know myself. I often go on adventures. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling, and I recently got SCUBA certified. I’ve always been obsessed with how nature works and the behavior of animals. Engrossed by sharks and whales in particular. Day dreaming of free diving with them.
I know, I’m crazy. My Mom isn’t happy about it either.
Being out in nature, surrounded by earth’s wonders and animals gives me more joy than I could ever explain. I found myself wanting to preserve and share it with others, so I invested in a camera and enrolled in a photography class. Boy oh, boy did I fall in love! Photography to me is a creative outlet. The thought of picking up a camera gives me butterflies. I’ve always been creative, but photography allows me to combine my creativity with my curiosity. Even more exciting than that, It allows me to preserve my adventures and share them with the people I love.
As I’m finishing up my journey at TCC, I am making plans to transfer to a University where I will major in Wildlife Biology and continue my journey as a photographer as well. This summer I plan to take my photography skills on the road, where I will improve my craft out in the wild. I don’t know where this path will take me, but I do know it feels right within my soul.
Besides, not knowing is half the fun. Just enjoy the adventure.