When I wasn't sticker trading with friends, you could probably find me playing outside with the neighbors or with my Polly Pockets. My parents put me in dance class and I also played piano for a couple of years. I was always so bad at practicing piano, though. Usually it was 20 minutes before lesson. I absolutely loved dance class and to this day I still look forward to the random jazz class I can take on the weekend. I was never one to live at the dance studio and compete on a dance team, even though sometimes I wish I did. I think my favorite part was the recital and the costumes. I was definitely a performer. As for piano.... let's just say piano lessons weren't my favorite part of the week. At least now I can play Christmas songs during the holidays - my favorite time of the year!
My family had Disneyland annual passes for a long time. So we'd go there pretty often. Here's a pic of me in Minnie Mouse's House in Toon Town :)
And here's a pic of Cody(my amazing boyfriend) and I last summer. He has a pass too, so it's always a fun date place :)
Middle school and high school I was very involved in colorguard. Not the military kind of colorguard, if that's what you're thinking. We used flags, rifles, sabers. And we danced. I think my favorite part was always the dancing. Somtimes the equipment was just too heavy! Being on colorguard kept me very busy on the weekends with competitions. If I wasn't doing homework or studying (you could say I was pretty studious and paranoid about getting bad grades), I was doing something related to colorguard. After colorguard was over, I had no idea what to do with myself....no more zero period, no late practices, no early morning wake ups for competitions. I was so freeeee!
Fast forward to college, I went to UC Irvine. I did live in Irvine while I went to school. It was a nice change. I joined a sorority my freshman year of college. Go Gamma Phi! It definitely kept me busy. You know all the rumors about sororities? No so true. Yes, I did attend my fair share of themed parties at "unknown" venues and I had my fun getting dress up for formals. But it was much more work than I expected. You don't know what it means to be tired until you've experienced sorority recruitment. I learned how to be crafty! I was on the exec board for a year as Panhellenic VP...which means I was basically a laison for our sorority to all the other sororities on campus. I think my most rewarding experience was when I was Parent/Alumni Relations Chair. I put on the best Parent's Day ever! Never before had it been so large. It was that event that made me fall in love with event planning.
|Here is a pic of my sorority sisters and I.|
I graduated in June of 2010 with a B.A. Psychology and Social Behavior and a minor in Business Management.
Looking for a job was oh so fun. I was all over the place. I really wanted a job doing development for a non-profit. Then I was interested in real estate. After a lot of thinking and "soul searching", I decided that I was going to go into Special Education. I had interned at an elementary school 2 quarters before I graduated with a Resource Specialist. I helped one specific child that was behind in her class. Through this internship, I realized how perfect the environment was for me. I love children and I'm patient with them. Sometimes, almost too patient. Anways, I ended up getting a job with that elementary school last year as an Aide under the Educational Specialist. Here's my school picture!
NOW, I'm going to Cal State Fullerton to get a Special Education Credential (for children with both mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities). As much as I didn't want to go back to school, I really love the classes and the people I've met in the program. I should be done in 2 to 2 1/2 years.
What do I like to do in my free time? Relax at home, spend time with my family, my boyfriend, my friends, window shop online, swimming in the pool, being crafty, baking. A goal of mine is to make something and sell it on Etsy. One day!!