From small-town Ohio to the Biggest Small Town in America
When people ask me where I’m from, I generally answer, “near Toledo”. It’s easy and recognizable.
In reality, my hometown sits about 40 minutes Southeast of the Glass City. It’s a “micro-politan” called Napoleon: home to about 8,000 people, several fast food and pizza joints and a Walmart. And literally that’s it.
It’s not that I didn’t like growing up in a small town. I experienced a lot there that I couldn’t experience in a big city. However, there’s also a lot to learn from a big city that can’t be learned in a small town. So I decided to leave my comfort zone and go to college at Ohio State. I think my mom is still shocked.
Ultimately, I stayed in Columbus. I still remember that afternoon in April of my senior year that I walked over to my then-fiancee’s college house and said, “Let’s stay here.” It was kind of a gamble, but within two weeks I was fortunate enough to land a marketing gig with a large company.
In a nutshell, that’s how I got to where I am. Now, a little more detail:
I started college as a fine arts major. Then moved to psychology. Then I joined the school of agriculture for one day. Finally, I landed in Strategic Communication and stayed put. I love every step that it took for me to find my place, and I don’t have any regrets. Strat Comm allowed me to incorporate elements of all the majors I passed through, and opened a huge window of career possibility.
I love working with people, so I took a lot of classes geared toward understanding and communicating with others, and I kept psych tacked onto my degree (I’m 2 classes away from having a BA in psych – someday!). Art has always been my thing, so I chose courses, like visual communication design, that allowed me to work my creativity, and I haven’t stopped doing crafty things on the side.
Overall, I simply fell in love with the world of public relations, marketing and advertising. Even a year into a full-time job, I still think it’s so cool. The field is ever-changing, and you don’t stop learning and developing skills and having new experiences. I can’t wait to see where my career path leads me.
That’s enough about that. Here are some more things that make me me.
- I’m a big-time DIY-er. I love to paint (watercolor mostly) and I even dabble in candle-making.
- I recently got my first SLR camera and it is my baby. I like to think I have an eye for photography. It’s just for fun now, but I would love to learn more and get more equipment. Side hustle?
- Huge health nut. I am super passionate about healthy eating and exercise. I run and work out a lot – it’s my escape.
- I’ve been a vegetarian for about three years for health and environmental reasons. I don’t plan to go back. I have so much more energy!
- A lot of my free time is spent cooking and baking. I like to experiment and create new recipes.
- My physical being is comprised of 50% coffee. I live a generally healthy life, so I don’t hold back on the java. Not a Starbucks fan, though.
- I prefer cats. *Shrugs*
- Writing is a natural part of my brain. I love all styles and often find myself starting articles or stories in my mind. Is that weird? Maybe.
- Making lists is my life force.