I am presented with many obstacles, but I have learned to persevere through them daily.
As a freshman at UNCG, I have said that I wanted to begin working again. I have always enjoyed working; whether I was volunteering, assisting, something art-related, or serving. I have been trying to find a place in Greensboro that fit my interests and goals as an artist. Also, I have been passionate about art since I was 13. It began with pottery and then my creativity evolved into commission paintings, drawing, zentangling, and photography. Even though this is my first year in college, I still have a lot of high expectations for myself with what I want to accomplish. Although, I had a set back at a young age when I was diagnosed with a brain injury. The migraines that I get are a side effect of my brain injury. They present me with many obstacles, but I have learned to persevere through them daily.
Thanks to the staff with Beyond Academics, an organization that helps young adults with learning difficulties, I was able to find two job opportunities. The first opportunity is an internship at a Historical Museum in downtown Greensboro, where I will start as a desk ambassador. My other option was to be a docent but that is a really big-time commitment. Also, docents have to memorize a whole speech for their exhibit and they have to make sure the kids see everything while they’re at the Historical Museum. Also, I will begin training at the Historical Museum on Wednesday, October 18th. I decided to do this as a way of seeing if I would like to have a career similar to this in the future.
My second option is a volunteer opportunity at Green Hill Center of NC Art in downtown Greensboro, which I have started doing every Friday from 10- 11 a.m. When I am there, I work in the gallery with kids ages 2 to 5 and I do other tasks. For example, one of my tasks was to clean glue off of scissors. A lot of the children enjoy doing art- related activities there with their chaperones at the center. I believe that I will have a great experience with these jobs and I will get to know downtown Greensboro better, as well.