I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I participated in many extracurricular activities throughout my schooling, including soccer, piano, art-after-school, art courses in Michigan and Houston, track-and-field, and Odyssey of the Mind.
Odyssey of the Mind, in particular, was one of my favorite extracurricular activities because it combined my love of art with problem-solving skills to construct mechanical devices such as a hand-built robot. If you are not familiar, Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program where students are given tasks and must work together to complete the tasks. It builds self-confidence, develops life skills, and teaches you how to work as a team.
These diverse experiences exposed me to art and creative thinking, which naturally led me to become involved and fascinated with visual arts at an early age.
I continued pursuing my love of art in High School, where I also ran track and studied drawing. I graduated High School and continued my education at Blinn College.
I enjoyed Blinn College’s art program and expanded my horizons through 3D design, painting, and ceramics. I completed my freshman year at Blinn and transferred to Texas State University my sophomore year.
I loved being a student at Texas State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertisement with an Art minor. While at Texas State, I learned many of the Adobe Suite programs. I also learned advertising, marketing, writing, videography, web design, CSS, HTML, and WordPress. I also completed two internships, where I learned how to work in a corporate environment, adapt quickly to new software, and built my self-confidence as a working professional. Texas State’s atmosphere is rich in activities involving nature and the outdoors and gave me inspiration for my art and the motivation to push myself outside of my comfort zone in Advertisement.
I graduated from Texas State Univerisity magna cum laude and confidently entered the workforce. After months of volunteering and applying, I landed a job with Cmove, a corporate relocation consulting company in Houston, Texas. I was initially hired as an administrative assistant but quickly promoted to project coordinator after a few short months. I successfully moved well over fifty thousand individuals for companies such as United Airlines, ExxonMobil, TransCanada, Rice University, Tompson Knight law firm, and Newfield Oil & Gas. Working for Cmove allowed me to fine-tune my customer service, communication, problem-solving, and time management skills.
My experience at Cmove was one of the most challenging and rewarding. I worked long hours, handled stressful situations, and put out never-ending fires. Cmove has taught me the importance of being a team player and that hard work pays off.
From Cmove, I became an administrative assistant at Llewelyn-davies Sahni, where I quickly gained the added title of Marketing Coordinator. My experiences at lds have allowed me to broaden my skill set in marketing and advertising. Helping with projects such as branding, email campaigns, proposals, company presentations, and portfolios has made me feel as though I was utilizing my degree and contributing to the team.
Currently, I work for Ryder Scott Company LP, an energy consulting firm in Houston, Texas. Ryder Scott is a small company with just over 100 employees. Founded in Bradford, PA, in 1937, Ryder Scott has a rich history. The company was the first engineering firm and research laboratory devoted to solving waterflood problems. Now Ryder Scott independently evaluates and certifies oil and gas properties, low-carbon initiatives, and greenhouse gases disclosures in the U.S. and internationally.
As Business Development Assistant, I help with market research, branding, graphic design, social media, and website development/management.
Every day with Ryder Scott, I learn and grow, expand my professional experience, and make new connections. I am grateful I found my way to a company that trusts me with its brand and allows me to use my creativity.
My background in advertising and my continued love of art has helped me develop my writing, problem-solving, and time management skills and showed me the importance of patience. It was not until I entered the workforce that I realized the significance of these skills and how much art has benefited my personal and professional development.