My time in high school
Attended high school in the
Overall high school experience
Grades in high school
A's and B's
English, Visual Arts
Math and Science. I never checked my work, and was terrible at arithmetic, so I always got points off for not having the final answer correct, and rarely got along with my teachers. My senior year I had amazing teachers in Calculus and in Biology, and ended up being a Math/Biology double major in college.
Life since high school
Attended college / university at
University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. Mathematics / B.S. Molecular Biology
Post-graduate education or training
Will be attending Boston University in the fall for a Master's in Biomedical Engineering
Places lived in US
Current occupations / past occupations
Dance Venue Organizer
Industries I've worked in
- Retail Trade
- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (e.g. Law, Accounting, Interior Design, Graphic Design, R&D, PR, Advertising, etc.)
Did your education prepare you for your career or occupation?
Somewhat. It was enough to get me in the door, but I learned most things on the job.
Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
I entered college as an English major, and ended up becoming interested in Neuroengineering. My trajectory hasn't changed much since, though I work in Bioinformatics for the time being and really enjoy it.
A little introspection...
To me, being successful means...
Being happy, waking up each morning knowing you are loved and that everything will be OK, no matter what happens.
My definition of success has changed over time.
I realized that what I do for work has much less importance in life than who I am as a person.
An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
I was finally diagnosed with PTSD in 2013, although I'd been struggling with it all through college. I stopped looking for a "career" job, took on low stress work as a nanny, attended therapy, and focused on building my friendships and my community. I'm better now, 3 years later, and consider that time to have been extremely valuable to my growth and success that I've achieved since.
Anything else you'd like to share?
I got my first job as a fluke, and through knowing the right person.
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