Taking a gap year after high school to do City Year, Americorps set me up for success in college. After teaching in an urban elementary school I had a deep appreciation for education and what the transfer of knowledge can do for myself and the rest of the world.
In college I deep dove into art, politics and journalism before deciding to design my own major. I crafted a special studies curriculum and named it Documentary Studies in Art and Politics. While studying fashion, illustration and photography in Florence Italy, I explored new mediums and engaged with creative minds from all over the world.
When school went online, I started doing more photography. I spent the summer of 2020 photographing protests throughout Connecticut, most were organized in the wake of George Floyd's murder. At CCSU I worked as the photography and layout editor of the school newspaper, The Recorder. It was during this time, I realized how impactful my work can be in writing history.
For the winter season of my senior year, I chose to move to Vermont for snowboarding and for the opportunity to complete my senior capstone on snowboard photography. While in Vermont I formed a family amongst the snowboarding community as I worked full time at Darkside and part time as an instructor at Stowe Mountain Resort.