As I begin this blogging journey, I want to start off with what I think would be great to introduce myself with. This passion has guided me through my studies and has instilled in my head the type of job I want to be in! I consider myself pretty stubborn so it’s safe to say finding a job where I know I’ll love and thrive in has been difficult.
Being fairly new to the blogging scene and having so many thoughts in my head about the stuff I want to blog about, I decided to make this my first post with a little help from Fashionably Frank. This women-empowering blog is a great site to tune in to if you haven’t already! This post helped me identify what I wanted to share for my first post. Without further ado, here is what I consider my life’s purpose:
As a young kid, my parents always tried to introduce my sister and me to new cultures. I didn’t quite understand why they were doing this, but as I grew older, I learned to appreciate their passion for travel. Traveling opened my eyes to new ideas and it showed how other groups of people organized their society. Additionally, they often signed me up to volunteer at local non-profit organizations. As a young teen, this job seemed tedious, but as I grew older, I learned to appreciate why they were doing this. They knew the value that helping others had and the impact it could have in our lives as well. This is where my passion for public service began.
This passion for helping others continued through high school and during my undergraduate career. During my junior year of college, I interned abroad in Spain. My internship consisted of interviewing public officials and then writing articles about current issues that were affecting citizens. While in Spain, I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work and contribute to the community that was helping me get accustomed to my new life abroad. Here, I also learned the many hardships individuals face in their daily lives, but the perseverance they had to continue is what stuck out to me the most. Before I entered my senior year of college, I was able to secure an internship with a non-profit organization for the summer. I was working at an emergency shelter for at-risk youth and refugee kids. I was able to work directly with these kids and talk to them. This is when I decided that I wanted to be in public service as a career. This is something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. The organization I worked for helped accommodate every child and made them feel safe. While I did enjoy the time I had with the kids, there were also difficult times. I had to help administrators plan schedules for the kids when most of them did not want to comply with the new schedules. I also helped implement policies and helped facilitate fundraisers that were beneficial to the organization. I enjoyed my time with the organization and I knew that I wanted to have a job that was fulfilling and that had the same approach in providing aid to individuals who really needed it.
After completing my undergraduate career at Texas A&M University in 3 years, I was able to take some time off from school and fully engulf myself into a job following graduation. I was fortunate enough to be able to find a position straight out of college in the media industry working under administrators where I developed budget and forecasting reports. While I enjoyed my time here, I knew this was not the path I wanted to be on. I looked back towards when I was happiest. Reflecting on my experiences, I knew this was when I was working with a diverse group of individuals in nonprofit organizations. After a year of being fully-employed, I decided to apply to the Bush School of Government and Public Service where I obtained masters degree in Public Service and Administration. This degree gave me that “international studies” feel that I wanted along with preparing me for nonprofit organizations. While I may sometimes feel I’m not where I need to be, I’m glad I took this route. These are my passions and I’m glad I get to make them into a career.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about my background and learning about what I feel I am called to do on this Earth.
What are your passions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!