Hi there! My name is Valerie Guglielmi, but you can call me Val. I’m the new intern here at MayeCreate Design and so far I’ve loved every second of it. I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but I’ve been living here in Columbia since 2010. As a senior at the University of Missouri, I’m very eager to be graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish.
MayeCreate Design is a great fit for me because I crave opportunities to be creative and enjoy putting my writing skills to use. I consider myself to be very personable, able to easily connect with people and uncover common interests. These innate skills help me to build trusting relationships both professionally and with friends and family.
During the 2013 spring semester, I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Pamplona, Spain. Although I wasn’t there during the Running of the Bulls (although I plan to participate one day), I experienced so many crazy and wonderful things. I took communication classes all taught in Spanish at the University of Navarra and met some amazing new friends. A few of my traveling adventures included exploring my Italian roots in Rome, discovering the London nightlife and walking along the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik. My time spent abroad ignited my passion for immersing myself in new cultures and searching for new experiences.
Outside of school and work, I love spending time with my puppy, Hildy. It’s a perfect day when we have the chance to run around outside, go for a hike or take a walk around Stephens Lake Park. It’s a rarity when she looks as calm and innocent as she does in that picture. Even though her spunky puppy energy can drive me crazy sometimes, she knows how to make me smile and enjoy the simple things in life.
One of my goals for this year is to get scuba diving certified before my vacation to the Florida Keys in July. I’ve always loved relaxing on the beach and jumping in the waves but I’ve never tried becoming one with the underwater world of strange creatures and slimy life forms. I’m anticipating my first dive to be a scary, adrenaline rushing experience and I couldn’t be more excited for it.
I’m at that stage in my life where I’m about to cross the border between being a student and being a real person with big girl jobs and responsibilities. It’s definitely a scary idea to wrap my head around, but I’m ready for what life is about to throw at me thanks to the support of my family, friends, teachers, mentors, bosses, pets and anyone else that has helped me grow as a person in the last 21 years. No matter what happens, I always remind myself to smile just because.
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