Story of My Life's first challenge: "the story of your life in 250 words or less" (a very brief auto-biography).
This is going into way more than 250...I apologize in advance.
|I'm the blonde-looking child and that's my cousin, who I just placed a block on because we enjoyed nudity in our youth...hey it was always scorching hot outside!|
I was born in the Philippines and grew up as part of a rather large Navy family.
My mom came from a large family and so I have several aunts, uncles, and cousins who still live there. My mom worked in a bar/restaurant owned by family friends who were practically family and it was located very close to a U.S. Naval base (my memory wavers but it could have actually been on the base). My mom met a sailor with a son and ended up becoming a nanny for him. The sailor and my mom ended up falling in love and eventually had me. This is a tough part of my history because that man was unfaithful to my mother and he left for the U.S. without her. Over time my mom met another man, named Jim, and married him. Although he's technically my step-dad, he's always been dad to me. We lived in Southern California for several years and moved back to Wisconsin so my father could pursue employment by his family. I spent most of my life in Wisconsin and am a proud Sconnie. My brother Jimmy was born when I was 8 and we ended up moving several times, all within the same city. I have so many fond memories of different families back there and of different school programs. My favorites come from a charter school that I attended from 6th to 8th grade. One of my best-friends that I met during Middle School is getting married this summer and I can't wait to see her! During high school I was one of the captains for my swim team and spent a total of 10 years competitively swimming. Looking back, I wished I had taken it more seriously because I had a lot of talent and wasted it by loathing practices. Also in high school, I was part of your yearbook program which competed nationally. That's where my love for design and journalism blossomed. It was further cultivated in DECA and our Advanced Marketing program.
I was nervous about getting into a good school but after ramping up my resume, I had nothing to worry about. I got into 11 different universities and was going to attend the University of Central Florida but after representing Wisconsin at DECA Internationals, I changed my mind. I called my dad up and told him I wanted to go to Wisconsin and he was so excited, especially since he's a Wisconsin alum. He drove up to Madison the next day and changed over all of my paperwork. That's just one of many reasons that I absolutely adore my dad. I attended UW-Madison and it's one of the greatest experiences of my life. I can only look back on fond memories or ones that taught me so much. I'm a Theta and I did the recruitment process, all while balancing the last part of try-outs for the Wisconsin Band. Love the band, but boy howdy was that rigorous. I didn't make the band, percussion killed my legs, but I did get a bid from Theta and it was a wonderful experience. I did several jobs while I was there, including being a tour guide, event coordinator for Sex Out Loud, and a House Fellow for Sellery. These were the best jobs ever and I miss them so much. Being a tour guide helped shape my public presentation skills and I met so many awesome people. Sex Out Loud is an organization at UW that does peer-to-peer sexual health education and advocacy. That job taught me so much about the necessity for sexual health education and how drastically different the education process is for different school systems. We got the results of that with incoming college freshmen. A lot of my beliefs come from those experiences. I was a House Fellow or RA for one of the rambunctious dorms at Wisconsin. It taught me a lot about being a role model, multi-tasking, patience, time management, and how I would like to raise my future kids. I also joined the Air Force ROTC program after my freshman year and then a few years later became an officer.
I also got married while I was in college to my best-friend, Ryan. I have discussed so many aspects of the joys and issues that came with this in previous posts and I'm sure I'll keep on talking about it in the future. I moved to Southern California twice (each summer), where Ryan was stationed for the Marine Corps. I then moved to Central Coast California, where I was stationed for training and now to Montana where we live with our two German Shepherds. There's so much I can go into about certain elements of my life, but I'm just excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this challenge.