In the spring of 1992, I was born into the classic American family. As I grew up I fell deeply in love with the sport figure skating and dedicated a large portion of my early adult life to it. Figure skating taught me about hard work, determination, and the importance of self confidence. During this time I also fell in love with all the mediums in art at school, they seemed to be the only classes I stayed interested in. But at Sierra Nevada College I discovered – by happy chance – my love for psychology. A friend turned me onto Art and Psychology as an interdisciplinary major, and I was hooked and never looked back.
For my service learning project, I designed and conducted art classes for individuals with cognitive delays in my home town of Fairbanks, Alaska. The experience gave me insight into a career as an art therapist and in working with people with special needs – and it was personally rewarding and a lot of fun! In my future I want to return to my childhood passion of figure skating, and maybe take my final (senior) test and become a coach. I also plan on attending graduate school for a masters degree in counseling, specializing in art therapy.
I will reach my dreams of helping others through art; it’s only a matter of time.