When I was in eighth grade my family and I were driving back to Colorado, we had just finished visiting my godmother in Iowa and were well on our way. My future sister-in-law was driving and we were on some random part of I-80 when suddenly a routine semi-truck pass altered the trajectory of my adult life. As my soon to be sister-in-law was getting ready to pass the semi-truck to the right of us, we noticed that it began to veer over to the left lane and showed no sign of stopping –so she was left with no option but to drive onto the median. Suddenly, we were in the air, our car flying over 150 feet (according to the police report) before landing again. Thankfully, no one was hurt, however, our car needed quite a bit of repair work. This would leave us stranded in a place called Lincoln, Nebraska for a day –and did that day have an effect on me.
This is the story that I tell everybody when they ask me, “Why did you leave Colorado to come to Nebraska?” Or, “Why did you leave Colorado Springs to go Hastings College?” I tell this story because it didn’t just end with my family and I sitting at the hotel waiting around. Instead, our time was filled with the kindness and generosity from people that I’ll likely never meet again. The older couple that pulled over immediately after our crash to check up on us and file a police report, the receptionist at the auto-repair shop that drove to a town two hours away from where she lived to pick a up the car key that my mother left in a highway assistance vehicle. These were good people and I decided at that point that I wanted to be a part of something like this and go to college in Nebraska one day.
Four years later, I would follow through on that dream and I began attending Hastings College in 2010. I graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 2015. I then moved to Lincoln and worked as a social worker at the Department of Health and Human Services for a year, before I decided to pursue my M.A. in Integrated Media Communications, which is ultimately what brings me to Click2Science as a Marketing Intern. I’m extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful team, working on such a worthwhile cause and will do my best to continue to help this project grow and evolve.