Photos by: Amy J
From small town to B-town, a day in the life of a collegiate diver.
I have always had an athletic personality and always wanted to be doing something. I wanted a sport that would challenge me mentally and physically. Diving was perfect because it fit both of these challenges. I got very serious with the sport and eventually chose to continue in college which brought me to IU. I train twice a day everyday in between classes and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love diving and am thankful for the opportunity to do it at a collegiate level.
I came out on September 10, 2016 and it was not easy for me. Just saying the words “i’m gay” to your parents for the first time is hard enough, but getting a negative response made it so much harder. There were many silent nights at the dinner table and many awkward conversations regarding sexuality. This made it harder for me to accept myself. Eventually, I learned that I am who I am and I need to love myself for that, otherwise I would never be happy. At that point, I started embracing who I am and became so much happier.
Throughout all of these struggles, I found one thing consistent in my life and that was my grandmother. My nana was always supporting me and making sure I was okay. She is the one who initially told me to love myself for who I am or I would never be happy. She pulled me out of the darkness when I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. Along with this, she has always been a role model in my life. She raised four kids alone while being one of the most successful business women in our area. Her ability to persevere and be so caring really impacted my life. For this, I decided to get a tattoo of her birthday on my spine, symbolizing her support for me being my backbone during the hard times.
At IU, I am studying marketing and professional sales through the Kelley School of Business. After graduation, my plans are pretty up in the air, but I would love to work as a sales rep or a marketing agent at a Fortune 500 company. Large companies and how they operate have always been of interest to me, and I think it would be cool to be one of the people that helps manage the chaos.