When I was a child, I was convinced I would follow in Mia Hamm’s footsteps and play soccer at UNC. I would then become an attacking midfielder with the U.S. Women’s National Team and compete in the World Cup and Olympics. That idea quickly faded as I realized my 5 foot stature was permanent and I was probably not going to be a force on the soccer pitch.
Instead, I chose to attend The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the country, which draws people in from all over the country and world. It is on the cutting edge of technology, business, and medicine, and has top notch athletic programs. OSU offered me everything I wanted at a distance that was far enough away from home, but close enough that I could make weekend trips to see my family if needed.
While in school, I took on a part-time job in a field that I never imagined myself in-- child care. I mean, I liked kids well enough, but the thought of being surrounded by multiple crying babies and dirty diapers was something I would not have wished on anybody. As it turned out, not only was I fairly skilled at dealing with the aforementioned charges, but I actually enjoyed what I was doing. Well, maybe not the dirty diapers part, but rather observing how infants and toddlers interacted with their environment, and how I fit into their maturation as a caregiver. I ended up switching my college major to early childhood development and became a full-time teacher post graduation.
After years of working exclusively with young children, I found the most difficult part for me was not the messes, or tantrums, or tears, but rather the lack of daily adult interaction. Luckily, a friend approached me at just the right time with a new opportunity that ended up being a perfect transition. He said, “You’ll be great at it- it’s basically what you do now, just with bigger kids.” He was mostly right.
Here at Drive Capital, I tap into my caregiver skills on a daily basis by making sure people are best prepared for their day ahead, redirecting stressful situations, and coordinating schedules. I work with peers that are dedicated and passionate about the work they do, but are still just big kids when it comes to their excitement over the new toys and technologies that find their way into our office. I still get to joke and laugh and question the maturity of those I am surrounded by, but fortunately, no one here has asked me to help wipe their snotty nose yet.