A year ago this week I graduated, weird. As I scroll through Facebook, I see friends from the class I should have been graduating with wearing caps and gowns and I get a strange feeling inside. Beloit College gave me an incredible liberal arts perspective to the world and it equipped me with a critical mind. My field of study was global public health and I loved every minute of it – not true I HATED Organic Chemistry – but overall my three years there were very positive.
Now, I am siting in Ecuador, after having sailed through the middle of the United States. A graphic design and branding book lays open to my side and multiple Illustrator and Photoshop windows are open on my screen, filled with mockups of websites, logos and advertisements waiting to be given their finishing touches. I am the co-head of one business and the co-creator of three soon to launch ideas.
In my world, public health has only been present in my constant independent-studying of the evolving field and related issues and my Wednesday meetings with a non-profit foundation that works in the area. It is weird how it has all turned out up until now. Even though I am not practicing in my field, I am learning how to use very powerful tools that keep my mind engaged and I am very blessed to have the job I have, with it’s location. However, I do hope that at this time next year, I am working more with in-need women and film.
On another note, today, two local women came to visit us and brought with them local eggs and fresh-picked beans as gifts! It has been great to find so many local people willing to share their home-grown local produce with us! Many people around the area are surprised that we chose this life, having had the option to live and work both in Quito and the USA, so they want to help us as much as possible. Tomorrow we have a long meeting for determining the foundation’s next steps! I’m so exited for the opportunities that will arise with this.
To follow: a randomness of photos…