New Experiences and New Beginnings for Young Professionals


When did you realize becoming a teacher was the right career path for you? 

My dad. He is my biggest inspiration in all of this. He was a teacher, and I vividly remember being a little girl and going to school with him. His kids loved him, and I saw how big of a difference he was able to make in their lives. I've always loved kids, and in the back of my mind knew that I wanted to be a teacher. As everyone is, I was scared of failure and that I wouldn't be enough or able to teach the kids what they needed to learn to be successful. I remember sitting in my very first education class, feeling at peace. I knew this is where I was supposed to be. From there, I observed in many classrooms and then moved onto student teaching. I love helping kids learn and making them feel confident in their future and themselves. 

What has been your favorite part about teaching 1st graders?

They're so incredibly smart and blow me away every single day with their imaginations. I love teaching them and being their safe place they can come to daily. Their energy and excitement to learn is contagious, and they bring so much positivity and light into the classroom. Elementary kiddos are my happy place! I wouldn't trade this job for the world. 

Shayla Bradley: MY FIRST…. YEAR AS A NURSE

What makes your job special?

There are so many things that make this job special.  For me, the most extraordinary thing about this job is that I get to make a difference in someone's life.  As nurses, we see people at their most vulnerable state, and I think I probably speak for a lot of nurses when I say that it is a privilege to make someone's hardest days a little more bearable.  We also get to share in patient's victories, big and small.   

What advice would you give an aspiring nurse?

#1: Don't give up!!  The most challenging part of being a nurse is becoming one.

#2:  Care for everyone to the best of your ability.  Not everyone will like you, but you should always be able to say that you did your best.

#3:  Be flexible.  Healthcare changes all the time.  Go with the flow, and try to do it with a good attitude. 

#4:  Never forget why you wanted to become a nurse in the first place.  You may need to be reminded sometimes.


What advice would you give an aspiring female chef?

Don't lose your passion. There will be bad days, and there will be good days, but ALWAYS let your good days outweigh your bad. Also, never stop learning. There is something new to learn in the culinary world every day and someone who has a different flavor palette than ourselves. Be willing to try new things and willing to fail in order to get better. 

What is the best part of your job, and what is most challenging?

The long days and sacrifices are the most challenging because I had to give up a lot to get to where I am today. When you're trying to juggle a job along with jump-starting your own business, "life" doesn't go as planned. You have to give up a lot of family time, hanging with friends, and sleep but the people you meet along the way have been the best part of the job. I wouldn't be who I am today without each individual that I've crossed paths within the culinary world. When you don't get to spend as much time with your family and friends as you'd like, having an "add-on" family makes it so much better.


Engineering has been considered one of the most challenging fields to study… what was it like going through school?

That's actually one of the reasons why I chose to pursue it. Going through engineering school was far from easy. However, I have learned that the more difficult the experience is, the more rewarding the accomplishment will be. I truly believe because I realized this early on and because my mind was set on the goal rather than the path, enduring engineering school was worth the late-night studying and many times of frustration. My perseverance to push through tedious concepts and theories not only grew me educationally but increased my ability to problem solve in every area of my life. 

What advice would you give a woman going into this field?

My advice to a woman going into this field or any endeavor is to find someone that is where you want to be professionally, then seek guidance from them. Success is based on merit. Those who desire to excel in any endeavor cannot let something as simple as the status quo causes them to deviate from their modus operandi.


What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding thing as photography as a profession is the ability to witness and serve people in some of the greatest moments of their lives. I get to cry with two people promising their lives, welcome parent's newborns into their home, as well as celebrate Senior's academic achievements. 

What advice would you give an aspiring female photographer wanting to pursue a career in this?

To aspiring photographers to women pursuing their dreams, you need to do it. Whether it's 100% or after your workday, you should never live your life each day not pursuing the things you love and feel passionate about pursuing. Put your entire heart and mind into your life, and you will never regret it.


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