“Not all those who wander are lost.” -JRR Tolkein
I’m a student of the world.
I’m a classic example of someone who had a hard time deciding I wanted to be when I “grew up.” I thought I wanted to be a photographer, an occupational therapist, an english teacher, a massage therapist, or a counsellor. Being a writer was always at the bottom of my list, even though I knew, deep down, it was the right thing for me to do. I kept dismissing it because writing requires a certain amount of vulnerability that scared me for a long time.
Over the years, I’ve worked in a greenhouse, at a pharmacy, as a nanny, at a sign business, at a retirement home, and I’ve spent five summers working as a counsellor and program team member at a camp for kids. All of these experiences have taught me foundational lessons that I still draw from as a writer and a student.
I originally went to the University of Waterloo to study arts and business but I quickly realized it wasn’t exactly the right place for me. I switched programs a couple of times, studying english literature and rhetoric and recreation and leisure before deciding to take a break from school for eight months to reevaluate.
I now study journalism at Sheridan College and I love it. I know that I can’t do every job that interests me, but I can write about it. I love to ask questions, to learn through true stories, and to challenge myself and others to expand our worldview and experience.
This blog is an exploration of my interests in arts, literature and culture as a journalism student in Ontario, Canada.
I hope you enjoy the adventure!