I'm currently working on my second Master's degree, this time in Speech Language pathology. It's a science job, it involves people and helping others, and I love the field. I graduate in spring 2013 and would like to find work in Tucson for the foreseeable future. I am actively involved in animal rescue, and focus especially on helping homeless dogs in our community. I know my neighbors and the names of the janitors that clean our building at school. Do to my personal values, I can only foresee having a "serious" relationship with someone who is vegetarian or a very infrequent meat eater.
I'm originally from Montana, a gloriously beautiful state, with more wildlife than people. It was a wonderful place to grow up, but I really dislike the cold. I think about relocating there sometimes, because family and childhood friends are there, but the cold really keeps me away. I did a lot of theater as a kid and excelled at school. I left the state for adventure, which turned into college. I got a geography undergrad degree, studied in the Amazon, and when I graduated, I bought a home and then worked as a field botanist for years. I remodeled the home and sold it when I started a Masters program in Latin American studies. Following that, I intended to go on for a PhD, but am very glad I didn't. Instead I went to work for Mars Chocolate as their North American field specialist for cocoa fermentation and drying and spent a good part of a couple of years running field trials in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. I didn't like eastern PA where Mars bean-roasting is located, and had a bit of a midlife crisis. I moved back to Montana for a year and then started my current grad program here in Tucson.
Where I (think) am going:
I'd like to meet someone fun and kind, who takes a joy in life and people, and who has also done some significant self-searching. That may be in the form of meditation, therapy, personal growth workshops..... Regardless of how it is arrived at, I think that self-awareness is key in being part of a team and having happy teamwork :)
I foresee myself working as a speech language pathologist for the remainder of my career--SLPs work in hospitals, skilled nursing homes, schools, and private clinics, and jobs are available just about anywhere.
Every year my life gets cooler, kinder, and more interesting. I don't see a reason why this trend should stop.