DESIGNER | PERFECTIONIST
*And dealing with it.
A quarter-mile from normal
My brothers went to the big high school and I went to the upstart a quarter-mile away – and that made all the difference. At New Tech High, we collaborated on projects, adopted the latest technology, threw Super Bowl snack-offs and started Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Amid this craziness, I carved out my identity as a communicator and designer.
As a gymnast in high school, I learned that mental discipline lasts longer than muscle memory. Long after forgetting how to keep my legs straight or stick the landing, I still remember to get up after every fall. Win or lose, what matters most is staying focused and trying again, especially when things don’t go right.
Two summers ago, I studied Spanish in Barcelona and traveled Europe. This became a journey of self-discovery and self-reliance. I booked hostels, figured out subway systems and, just as important, navigated home after a night of tapas y cervezas.
At the University of Texas, I’ve learned a lot more about resilience. Each semester, I took courses in art and writing, trying to build an eye for design and find my voice. I chose other courses that attack my weaknesses.
I don’t know where I’ll end up, but don’t rule out anything. I’m here for the long haul, and determined to get better and better. I’ll find my place in communications – and expect it to be a quarter-mile from normal.
Resilience is my key to success