As a kid my family bounced all over Connecticut and the Carolinas. I attended six elementary schools and one middle. We settled in a small suburban town outside of beautiful Charlotte, NC. My teen years were filled with fun travels, adventures, Disney trips, laughs and tears with friends, and everything a fifteen year old could dream of.
I didn't love my high school and ended up completing a year online before switching to a charter school. This charter was a "prep" school. Preparing students for college, or most would assume.
I truly believe this school prepared me for life, not college. I mean, I didn't even actually go to college! Youi can read about that in my book, "My Pseudo College Experience" ;)
My high school gave me freedom to create my own schedule with the majority of my classes being online so I could focus on work. I nannied, trained as a doula, worked at two different internet based companies, assisted at a newborn photography studio, and volunteered at a pregnancy clinic. I was busy busy, but had complete control over what I did when. If I took a day off school I wasn't penalized because I maintained good grades. My chemistry teacher allowed me to leave school early or miss a day if I had births to attend. There was a whole staff of teachers and counselors supporting me, through the big goals and through the hardships high school brought because lets face it, it wasn't all magic and rainbows. I struggled finding my place in friend groups, I dealt with drama and rumors, break ups and crushes, and trying to care for my mental health because frankly, sometimes it all was too much.
It was the perfect slow guide into adult life and I am forever grateful for it.
I wanted to go back and talk to students, show them how I built this life for myself even after choosing such an untraditional path. Unfortunately, COVID canceled all my travels this year, even trips just to visit my parents and siblings. After rescheduling and rescheduling it was decided that the guest speaking just wouldn't be happening, but alas! The magic of the internet and applications like Zoom!
I guest spoke with two Anatomy and Physiology classes, only one of which was recorded and I'm happy I can share that talk here!
Here is a look inside my untraditional career path, current projects, accomplished goals, my book, travels, and how I choose to continue my education.