Rolling with the Changes
Location: Idaho State
In the fall of 2006, I attended Idaho State University as a National Exchange Student. During my exchange, I discovered my true interest in sociology and changed my major to reflect this discovery. I worked for Community Education teaching French, beading and Swing, Latin and Ballroom dancing. I also served as an intern with Habitat for Humanity. Outside of school, I spent most of my time volunteering, driving to other states, dancing, visiting national parks, running through sprinklers, hiking and dating an interesting young man. Needless to say, our budding romance sprouted into a full blown love affair. By the end of my exchange, we got married and moved back to Juneau.
My husband and I became active members of the community serving as religious teachers and youth leaders as well as teaching dancing and participating in community activities. I also began working for Juneau Youth Services, which gave me invaluable real life experience helping at risk youth. In 2009, we welcomed our son Alden into the world. With the help and cooperation of my professors, I was able to continue my education through many difficult times. I also took advantage of the UA Distance program. These online courses allowed me to stay home with my son while finishing my education. After graduating, I hope to return to school to earn a Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.