I was never the kid who used to play with action figures or dinosaurs. I didn’t like trucks, cars, or planes. I liked maps.
Whenever I was not at school, you would find me coloring world maps or drawing my own little universe on a piece of paper. For what was seemingly my entire life, I have always had an interest in geography and creating maps. In fact, I knew by the mere age of fifteen that I wanted to study geography in college and pursue geographic information systems (GIS) as a career.
Soon enough, I found myself doing exactly as I had done when I was young: making maps for pure fun. Except this time, I was not coloring and drawing my imagination on a piece of paper, I was using complex software on a computer. I was doing something that I had loved all my life and I did not even realize it. I knew that I had to continue something that I loved doing and that was GIS.
My very first GIS professor once said, “A map is the perfect blend between a piece of art and a scientific document.” Not only is this statement true, but it is why I believe GIS is the perfect fit for me. My creative outlook and attention to detail, combined with my personal attributes as a thinker to use reason and factual information, enables me to create aesthetically pleasing and scientifically accurate maps.
I am currently a geography student and GIS enthusiast at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Outside of continuing my education and applying my skills as a GIS intern at the Genesee Valley Conservancy, I make maps via GIS products in my spare time.
This website serves as a portfolio of my most recent GIS work and a reference to showcase my skills and qualifications in GIS.
I am currently seeking a full-time or part-time internship to apply my GIS skills. I am also interested in internships involving further learning in other geography-related fields that will add to my professional experience.