My road in life took a while to figure out.
6th grade I decided I was going to college.
8th grade I was able to get my grades up enough to get into college prep classes.
Accepted at Purdue University as a math major but switched to education.
Graduated college but struggled to find full time teaching job.
Got into banking and was heavily recruited to stay in banking but decided to pursue my masters.
Enrolled in Masters program for library science.
Got a position with my hometown library system.
Promoted over ten years and now serving on Library's core management team.
Keep following my journey


Branch & Outreach Services Manager

Oversee the operations and staff of six library locations as well at our library system's outreach services.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

I work in a library which is a career that is vastly misunderstood. Much of my job now is related to communication and project management. Organizing people and resources is a daily job. Working with other colleagues to develop procedures or policy that impact employees as well as users. In any given day, I can write an article for a website, update the website, go out to a meeting with community members, negotiate a contract for services, resolve customer or staff issues, answer emails.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Grow your people skills. Know how to communicate. Know how to plan and implement projects. Work in your community and be active and engaged with community organizations that you believe in.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"I'd say there were three main roadblocks in my path that could have caused me to move in a different direction. Lack of opportunity, bad advice from other professionals, and encouragement from others that almost kept me from pursuing my ultimate goal. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student