As a Long Island native, the New York City music scene was my first home. In 2012, I traded in my winter coat for the friendliness of the south at University of Georgia. As a huge change from that of New York, the music community of Athens, GA immediately stole my heart and reinvigorated my love for the industry. Football quickly became my second love.

As a Public Relations major in UGA's Music Business Certificate Program, I was lucky enough to become involved with Georgia’s historic venues while developing my professional network in New York each summer. These diverse opportunities broadened not only my musical taste, but also my understanding of other industries to see how dynamic collaboration creates successful brands.

For a change of scene, I spent the first half of 2015 studying in Southeast Asia. Living in northern Thailand, the smallest experiences in my everyday routine brought out the best parts of me I didn't know existed. Feeling small became comfortable, and my faith in the goodness of people was revived. Aside from the places visited and the history absorbed, the people I met from around the world have each had a lasting impact on my awareness of other cultures, and my curiosity to learn more.

This year, that lasting impact turned into action. My backpack and I are back in Southeast Asia, where the impermanence of my experiences keeps me on my toes and the smallest inklings of beauty in my day keep me inspired. Working first with a local organization in Ubud, Bali, I began to pivot skills from previous experiences and broaden my professional development. There, I rediscovered my love for language and writing, and zeroed in on my passion to help other young people take the leap and travel with purpose.

Following my experiences stateside and abroad, I begin every day as a blank slate and end every day with gratitude. As my current chapter unfolds, I look forward to bringing the lessons learned from past endeavors into all adventures ahead.