It's a big day, so I figured I'd give you all a little update while I sit here in this hot Phoenix airport, surrounded by way to many people.
First off, this marks my first of many newsletters. I decided a monthly update sounds about right, so don't anxiously be checking your inbox everyday in hopes of receiving one of these bad boys because it most likely will not be there. I'm sorry. Although if you really feel like stalking me, I am starting a blog today as well. The link for that is below - there you will find a photo a day + a writing piece a week (or some variation of that). All of your other stalking needs can probably be found on Instagram or Facebook.
Here's a little game of catch up for those of you who are completely confused about what I'm talking about and why I'm sending you a newsletter (I apologize to those who never technically gave me their email address):
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a guy named Dane in a coffee shop in Auburn, CA; Auburn Coffee Company. Apparently I was sitting in the seat he normally sits in, so we got to talking. 5 hours later and we had discussed school, work, travel, and so on. It took about 5 minutes of him explaining the school he attended and now writes for, Experience Institute, before I was thinking it could be a great fit for me. He said I should apply, but then realized applications closed um about three months prior. So at that point he did what any coffee shop friend would do and he nominated me. Keep in mind, I was planning on moving to San Francisco on August 22nd to attend California College of the Arts for graphic design. I actually wasn't even supposed to be in the country at this time - I was supposed to be in Central America still, but due to some unexpected things, I had to return to the states 3 weeks early. Anyways, the next morning I received an email from the CEO and founder of Experience Institute, Victor. Fast forward through building a website, filling out applications, and having a quite terrifying video call interview with Victor, Aaron, (Director of Programs) and Dane; I then waited. They asked for references and I waited once more. On Thursday, August 13th I went back to the coffee shop to distract my mind from the waiting. I walked in and saw Dane sitting at the table I stole from him that day (I now joke that that table has some sort of magic powers). We talked for a bit and then suddenly Dane says to me, "Have you checked your email?" I responded with, "Uh no, should I check my email?" He said, "Yes, you should probably check your email." That's when the quiet coffee shop got a little excitement in it because I GOT ACCEPTED. If you ask me, the last few weeks have been nothing less than serendipitous.
For those of you who don't know what Experience Institute is, it's a new form of higher education. It is learning through experience. In the next twelve months I will be in Chicago for a total of three months. I will have the opportunity to live in three additional places around the world for three months at a time. In these places I will most likely be working at advertising agencies and magazines who reflect social impact.
I am still figuring out the details of my next year, but am inviting you all to open and read my monthly newsletters. You can also find some more fun links below.
This year is all about seeing where my experiences take me, so if you have any questions, comments, or feedback I would love to hear it!