Briana

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Travel

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in seeing more of the world. My parents traveled while my mom was pregnant with me, and so I think I caught the travel bug before I was even out of the womb. I was born in Spain and moved ten times (Air Force brat) before my family decided to stay put in Niceville, Florida when I was in middle school. Growing up, we made lots of cross country road trips for extended family visits and to see new things. I had been to nearly every state by the time I was 16 and had the opportunity to do a bit more international travel while I lived in Italy for 3 years growing up.

Work/Education:

I began college in 2009, changed my major 9 times, and graduated with my BS in psychology in 2011 (both summa cum laude and an Honors College graduate). My post-grad plan before I met Kyle was to join the Peace Corps. (I also considered the military but was told that without an engineering degree, I would have to enlist.) It was a long process, and even though I had really been looking forward to it, by the time I was given my assignment I no longer felt comfortable leaving everyone and everything for 27 months in Africa. I decided on graduate school instead. Even though I got into top ranked program for criminology, I chose to stay at UCF where Kyle and my sister were still enrolled (plus I was familiar with the school and area) and began my MA in Applied Sociology in 2012. I learned a lot and developed a love for sociology and research. I found the program both enlightening and empowering. My funding was provided through a graduate teaching assistantship, which I enjoyed, and several papers I contributed to were presented at national conferences. One of the papers is now published in an academic journal. I finished graduate school in 2013. I would have liked to stay a little longer but a combination between my lease coming up and Kyle graduating with his BA made me decide to graduate from that program a little early as well.

Throughout college, (aside from my assistantship for grad school), I had a variety of service jobs, worked on a political campaign, and had an internship at a juvenile detention center. Since finishing school I have mostly been tutoring (ranging from phonics to test prep) and freelance writing (mostly in the form of ghost-writing, a little editing, and assisting current students with their schoolwork, though I would like to expand to ebooks). I also find Kyle freelance work. I am looking to expand to more ways of creating/making income.

Hobbies/About:

My interests include cats, and other animals, baking and eating sweets, reading, art, crafting, knitting, photography (particularly film and polaroids), and more, but this could go on nearly indefinitely. I like scheduling, planning activities, making lists, and researching everything and everyone. I am also one of those vegetarian, travel-loving, yogis (which appears to be an increasingly common combination among millennials, at least that is the impression I have gotten from Instagram.)