Last Thursday something really exciting happened. I FINISHED my B.S. in Information Systems at UMBC! Undergrad was very difficult for my as I transferred colleges after my first year and truly didn’t know what I wanted to do. I was struggling, and changed majors when I realized that what I thought for most of my life that what I wanted to pursue as a career was actually not at all what I was meant to do.
I was introduced to climbing my sophomore year of college. Though I got into climbing because I thought it would save a failing relationship; it ended up being my constant and a sport/lifestyle that I made my own. The gym and crag were my escapes when I truly couldn’t take any more stress and anxiety from school, or the constant want to give up. I met amazing, AMAZING partners who not only helped me thrive in climbing, but were very supportive and encouraging while I was getting through school. I’m definitely the “baby” of my climbing partners as they are all much older than me. However I love that so much because they gave me lenses to see what my future would be like, and helped me to mature when it came to understanding life after college.
I’m excited to be continuing my education at UMBC pursuing a master’s in Cybersecurity that my current job will be funding. I am truly blessed. On top of that, I’m so stoked about my future in climbing in terms of my physical goals, and my roles in the community.
The last 3 years, but even more specifically the last 6 months, I’ve learned so much from the people I have surrounded myself with, valuing the knowledge they’ve given me and applying it to my life. I’ve also learned so much about myself and that I am capable of anything I put my mind to. That sounds cliche, but for a long time I was the only person holding myself back from success, from love, and from true happiness. Pushing myself physically and mentally in climbing, helped me to develop the discipline and drive I needed to also excel in school and my career. Thank you SO much to everyone who helped me, believed in me, and who were just there for me when I needed someone to listen, give me advice, or just climb.