The industry I love most in this world is the printing and publishing industry. I have been working towards a career in this industry for eight years now, since I was a sophomore in high school. I would be a pioneer in this industry as a printing press operator, because even in this day and age, female operators are few and far between.
I have achieved many goals over the course of my high school and undergraduate career in order to make this dream a reality. I began studying printing when I was 15, and I started competing in the field in SkillsUSA. I won the state graphic communications contests in 2009, 2010, and 2012. In 2010 and 2012, I placed third and second in the nation, respectfully. In 2013 I represented SkillsUSA in the WorldSkills International competition in Leipzig, Germany, competing in print media technology. I have been published three times in Printing Impressions magazine, a leading industry trade journal, and in 2014 I received Clemson University’s “Best Undergraduate Press Operator” award.
I will be graduating on May 8, 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Communications and will hopefully be starting a career as a press operator, and be an advocate for equality within the workforce. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I want to be a person that proves that hard work and perseverance are what it takes to make it in the competitive world we live in.