Hi, my name is Haylee and I am currently a senior at the Univerity of Nevada, Reno. I grew up in a small town called Knightsen, California. Right now I am the Education Programming Assistant at Dunce Labs and loving it! I get a little nervous when I have to talk about myself, but I do love food and I am obsessed with sharks. (Oh, and I am the one holding the food in the photo.)
I’m still trying to make it by here in the Biggest Little City in the world. My entire life, I have always loved animals, and occasionally I help out at the animal shelter back at my hometown. I also love kids and their crazy out-of-control personalities.
Oh, and sharks are my favorite animals. One day I want to go swimming with them in Australia.
Growing up, I never thought about college until probably my sophomore year of high school. Thankfully, I always got good grades, and I cheered in high school and I was on the dive team. As my mom and I were looking at colleges and at the long application process, it made me not care about applying to colleges. My mom had no idea what to do, and I was just your typical lazy teenager with no motivation to go through the application process.
Luckily, I had my aunt to help me with my college applications and force me to do them because she had already gone through the process with my older cousin, Daniel.
My high school was not much of a help when it came to the application process either. They were involved with our life, but only through sports and making sure we got good grades, oddly enough. The colleges I applied to were, Chapman University, California State University Fullerton, Arizona State University, University of Nevada, Reno and Sacramento State. When it came to deciding where to go, I realized there was no way I could live in Southern California or in Arizona. That left me with Sacramento State and the University of Nevada, Reno.
Before I even took a trip to the University of Nevada, Reno campus I had my mind made up that this was the school for me. I did this because all of my friends were going to Sacramento State and I wanted to go somewhere away from everyone. Reno is only three hours from my hometown, which makes it far enough to get away, but close enough to where I could still see my family.
When I started college, I was majoring in Business and Management. Throughout the semester I learned I am not the type of person to sit behind a desk all day and do the same thing over and over. I have never been the type to like routines. Right after that semester I switched my major to Early Child Education so I could teach kids that are in the grades of kindergarten, first or second grade.
While I was in school my sophomore and junior year, I became a nanny. These two boys came home with some of the most interesting and crazy stories. I loved it. This experience showed me that I did not want to teach in a classroom anymore. So from there, I switched my major again. This time I changed it to Human Development and Family Studies. With this major I can teach, become a counselor, work with kids or teenagers and I have a lot more options.
My college career has been hectic and crazy. When my friend informed me about the Education Programs Assistant job opening at Dunce Labs I became excited. It was the perfect opportunity for me.
I do not know what I want to do with my career, all I know is that I want to work with people and help them in any way possible. When I learned more about this job, I thought it was an amazing idea. If I had the opportunity to have someone help me stay on track and to teach me more about college before I got to college, I most likely would not have switched my major three times. Dunce Labs is an amazing opportunity for me because I have always considered counseling but I have never had a chance to learn from someone. I am so thrilled to have started my first week at Dunce Labs and I hope to meet you soon!