Traveling Solo: A Young Woman's Journey and Perspective

Posted: Dec 28 2018

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New Blogger on Board

       Hey SparkFire! My name is Siena, and I am a third year undergrad at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), studying Neuroscience. I am a strong advocate for mental and physical health, sustainability and WOMEN! I spend my free time working out, crafting and extensively scrolling through Netflix for good shows. To be honest, I am not sure what I want to do later in life, but I am figuring it out one day at a time. A role model of mine, Tina Seelig, wrote in her book Creativity Rules, “Passions are not innate, but grow from experiences.”  This quote resonates with me because I often get asked the question, “What do you want to do with your life?” I always felt that if I dissected myself enough, I would discover my true purpose in life; however, you can learn a lot about what your passions are from simply trying new things, going new places and meeting new people. And that is exactly what I did this summer.

      I had the opportunity to work in an internship at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in their Life Sciences department. I went out to Portland alone, unfamiliar with the city and people there, but I did go with an open mindset and a goal to experience as much as I could in order to expand my horizon. My blog posts are a way for me to share my experiences along with some advice -- I hope to inspire you to EXPLORE, DISCOVER and CARVE OUT your own paths. There are three themes I chose to focus on: 1) city exploration; 2) outdoor adventures; and 3) my internship. 

If you guys have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out and connect with me at ignite@sparkfireactive.com

Spark it forward!

- Siena

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In the Summer of 2018, college student Siena T. ventured cross-country, from Atlanta Georgia to Portland Oregon, to spread her wings and experience everything from diving into a new internship to explore & focus her academic interests, stepping out to meet new people and explore new places, and reveling in the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, with trails, waterfalls, rivers and more.

This is the 1st post in the series from Siena, as she shares personal stories about her summer experiences and opens up about learning, growing and adventuring out, both on her own and in community with new friends.



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