Just days before my 21st birthday, I am embracing a new year and a new me.
It’s been a long time coming but I can finally share that I am transferring to Rutgers University next Fall! I will be pursuing a degree in Public Health at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
This was not an easy decision to make and I will miss Georgia Tech dearly. I’ve made some lifelong friends and have grown tremendously as a person, leader, and entrepreneur in my two years there.
But after a tough year dealing with depression and anxiety followed by a much needed break to recover and think things through, I can confidently say that this is the best decision for me and my future!
To those that have been there since November 2016 and to anyone that have (re)entered my life in the past year and a half, I have been blessed with the support and encouragement you have given me to pursue my redefined goals and to be the best version of myself. I cannot thank you enough for being patient and forgiving during the worst AND best time of my life!
And to clear up any confusion-I did have an engineering co-op at Zimmer Biomet in Spring 2017. While I was incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity, I eventually withdrew from the position to focus on my mental health. It was only this past semester was I finally ready to go back to school/work. To test the waters, I took a few classes that genuinely interested me at my local community college. It was during this time that I discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.
With everything I was going through, I spent a lot of time thinking about the direction my life was going. Feeling like I had lost my purpose, it wasn’t until I was in my first ever Marketing class and when I fully embraced my passion for graphic design, did I truly feel alive!
Having had my eyes set on becoming a Biomedical Engineer since I was 16 years old and my marketing and design background for even longer, it seemed fitting to combine my love for medicine and management to pursue a degree in Public Health.
And as I continue learning to live with a lifelong mental illness, I‘m incredibly lucky to have a university close to home with such a great program. I can’t imagine transferring anywhere else but Rutgers (and I can finally wear red again too!) Red is one of University of Georgia’s school colors and as GT’s rival it’s generally frowned upon to wear anything of the Scarlet variety.
These days, I spend most of my time doing what I love. And while I definitely still have bad days, I have learned so much during my time in therapy and can draw strength from those around me, that even the worst days don’t seem so tough.
Right now, I’m taking advantage of not having classes and having a flexible work schedule, to focus on entrepreneurship. Aside from expanding my branding and design company, The Missing C, I have a second business venture set to launch soon!
I’m also looking for full time summer internships so if you have know of any opportunities in the Healthcare or Entertainment industry, let me know 😜
Anyway... although, I won’t be a Helluva (Biomedical) Engineer anymore, I will always be a #YellowJacket 🐝! From student to entrepreneur, I’ll be adding Scarlet Knight to the long list of roles I play!
I cannot wait to see where this new chapter of my life will take me and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!
If you have any questions for me or think I could be a good addition to your next project, feel free to contact me.
Hello, there! You can call me Jianna. I'm a 22 year old creative blogging about entrepreneurship, travel, design (and everything else in between). Want to hang out sometime? Just buy the chai and I'll come with memes.
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