I’ve always had an adventurous spirit. I love to travel, meet new people and have unique experiences. Life is always changing, but my one constant has been going home to the Midwest. After college, I decided that it was time to venture off somewhere and start the next chapter of my life. But if you had told me a year ago that I would end up in Las Vegas, I wouldn’t have believed you.
Growing up, my family moved around a lot, and I developed a desire for constant change. While in high school and college I traveled to five different countries and took advantage of every opportunity to travel. My favorite trips were those to big cities such as New York and Chicago; I love how fast-paced everything is, how there’s always something to do and people to meet. Since I was little, my heart had been set on living in New York City, but while applying for jobs, I decided I wouldn’t limit myself to one location and looked for opportunities all over the country, which is how I happened upon Las Vegas.
Last March, I interned in Vegas and fell in love with everything the city has to offer. There is something for everyone. And I immediately felt a sense of home when I found out some Bradley University alums had made the same decision as I did and moved out a few years ago. When I told my friends and family I was moving across the country to start my PR career at Kirvin Doak Communications, everyone asked if I was terrified but I was more excited than anything else. Of course it would be hard to leave everyone, but I knew this was going to be great!
My dad and I made a plan: we’d drive out in two days, look for a place to live, take care of all the essentials I would need to start my new life, and, when I was somewhat settled, he’d fly home. My life changed quickly over the course of ten days, and the journey across the country was an experience I’ll never forget.
Twenty-five hours. A jam-packed car. Just the two of us.
I’m not a fan of road trips, and I’m not going to lie, the first part of the trip was rough. If you’ve never been to the Midwest, you get pretty bored driving through miles of flat farmland in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. Where’s the gorgeous scenery?
Luckily, my dad had made this trek before, and he assured me things would change very soon. True to his word, by the second morning, we had crossed the Colorado border and were heading past Denver. The Rockies surrounding us was the sight I had been waiting for, and it was surreal to be so close to them. While I enjoyed the mountainous view, my car struggled on the inclines. There were a few times that I didn’t know if we were going to make it. But, alas, everything worked out fine!
By mid-afternoon, we were out of Colorado and heading through Utah. The canyons were a dazzling sight, and we stopped often at rest stops to take pictures. Sooner than expected, we passed the last rest stop and suddenly discovered we were running out of gas…with no cell service. Was I in a horror movie? But just as I was starting to panic, we saw the beaming Chevron sign! After filling up the car once more, we headed off on the last leg of our journey.
As the sun was setting, we drove over the final hill separating us from the Las Vegas valley, just as all the lights started to come on for the night. I love looking at city skylines, so this was the perfect Las Vegas welcome. I’ve been here for almost a month and have already had amazing experiences. From working with MGM Resorts International to world-renowned landscape photographer, Jeff Mitchum, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work and can’t wait to see what else Las Vegas and KDC have in store for me!