Hello sleuths! If you’re reading this that means I have already walked the stage and (hopefully) didn’t trip! I cannot believe I have finished college. These last four years have been filled with the most incredible memories, and besides what I learned in the classroom (which was quite a bit), I feel like I have learned so much about myself!
The picture on the left is when I first toured DU, and the picture on the right is now!
When I first started college, I had never lived outside of South Florida, and I was SO ready for something new! Moving to Denver to attend the University of Denver was honestly so scary, but SO exciting! The biggest “culture shock” for me honestly… was learning how to dress. It sounds silly, but coming from a place where you wear flip-flops and t-shirts all year round, your girl was struggling a bit when it came to the colder weather haha. Thankfully I had plenty of help from my friends who I met in my freshman dorm, and from constantly looking up “cute winter outfits” on Pinterest!
Shoutout to these ladies for showing me the ropes of Denver living, and sticking with me through it all!
It’s also so wild for me to think that when I first started out, I was an Anthropology major! I thought it would be so cool to work in a museum or work as an archaeologist on current dig sites. It wasn’t until halfway through my Sophomore year that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in game design! I had always been considered “artsy”, and take after my mom and her natural talent when it comes to drawing, painting, you name it! Playing Nancy Drew games and other mystery games growing up I knew I loved them, and I always admired scenery in games, character design, and anything else that added to the overall feeling of the game. One game specifically I loved for the looks was the game Keepsake (if you know, you know) I thought the castle in that game was so gorgeous and I still think about it daily. Thankfully, I was able to change my major pretty quickly (shoutout to my advisor who almost had a heart attack when I said I wanted to go from digging up history to computers) and even wrote HeR Interactive about my plans!
When I made that decision, I never actually thought I would make it to where I am now. Last summer when I reached out again (and again, and again) to HeR Interactive practically begging them for an internship, I didn’t think it would actually lead to me working for the same company that had been making the games I grew up playing.
Here is little ole’ me playing Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase on my DS… clearly I was so shy back then
It is even crazier that I get to announce that I’ll be working at HeR Interactive full time now! The team here is so wonderful and I couldn’t imagine a better place to start my career right out of college! This team has gotten to witness the hardest year of college for me from making content at the same time as finals, to pulling my first (and only) all-nighter to finish an entire project (sorry I missed Monday’s meeting team, but by that point in the day I was as sleep deprives and as useless as if Sonny Joon was your intern… can you imagine?) But I am SO excited for what’s in store here and it quite literally feels like a dream I have yet to wake up from!
Now that my college days are behind me I can say with confidence they will definitely be missed… is it me or is someone cutting onions?! My eyes are just a bit sweaty that’s all…
Are you also graduating this year? What are your plans for after you receive that diploma? I WANT TO KNOW! Let me know down below and CONGRATULATIONS to all my fellow graduates whether it is high school, college, or beyond… WE DID IT! 😀