One year ago today I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology. I’d like to take a little time to reflect on the past year and my life in college.
First off, I am so incredibly grateful to every one of my supporters – the people who believed in me and pushed me to be the best I can be.
The day of my graduation was so joyful and a pretty big blur. In fact when I walked across the stage to receive my degree I think I blacked out because I don’t remember a thing. But judging from the pictures below, I was pretty eager to shake some hands. One of my favorite parts of the actual ceremony (that I remember) was entering the field house from the back and seeing my family on the right hand side as soon as I walked in. I was overwhelmed with emotions and very proud of everything I had accomplished during my years at RIT.
I’m so thankful to have spent four years in Rochester, a place I hated at first but grew to deeply love with my wonderful friends whom I care immensely for. I have so many precious memories with my dear friends and I’m so appreciative to carry those around with me.
When I first arrived at RIT I was a very shy and timid girl with wayyyyy too much crap for my tiny dorm. But during orientation someone turned on some music in the hall and I couldn’t help but dance (this may sound familiar to you.) I remained a pretty shy girl outside of my dance breaks. It wasn’t until my junior year of college that I really started to come into my own. I owe a lot of this to the one and only William Snyder (pictured below.) He gets a lot of criticism for being a hard ass but it worked for me! Because William is William, my classmates and I decided to make him a t-shirt with his face on the front and his top 10 “Snyderisms” on the back. We presented this gift to him before our college’s graduation ceremony and he was pretty speechless, (he even cried!) It was a great way for us to say “thank you” for everything he had done for us.
Now onto post grad life. Post grad life was quite a wake up call. I was uprooted from my beloved Rochester and plopped back down in Cleveland (or the land of no sandwiches, as I like to call it.) I was living back at home, the exact thing I did not want to do. While trying to figure out my life, I knew I could go in several directions, as photojournalism lends itself to a lot of different career options. Having assisted and second shooting for a few wedding before I knew that wedding photography was a possibility for me. I did more research and reached out to several different photographers. As I started to photograph more and more weddings I realized that wedding photography was the absolute perfect fit for me. So I decided to pursue wedding photography and I’m so glad I did! It was a very rocky start but I love what I do and am really excited for my business to get off the ground. Cleveland is certainly not perfect, but I have met some amazing and talented photographers who gladly share their knowledge of the industry and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with them.
One last thing- I would not have survived post grad life or college for that matter without my incredibly encouraging and supportive best friend, Meghan. Starting your own business is incredibly daunting but she helps to keep my head up and keep pursuing my dreams.
Thank you wonderful people in my life, I couldn’t do any of this without you!