Hello, my name is Carrie Spring. I’m 28 years old, and I’m finishing my senior year at Iowa State University. I have been in and out of college for 10 years, and I’m stoked to finally be finishing up in December. I’m graduating with a double major in Public Relations and English. I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Once people figure out I’m not from Iowa, (I blend in, what can I say?), they usually ask me why I came to Iowa, of all places. It’s a complicated story, but once I was 18 I wanted to be independent, so I moved 1,600 miles away. I have loved every minute of it here. There is no other place like it.
Over the past 10 years I have worked my way up from being a cashier at Kohl’s in 2007 to being a manager and a jewelry sales associate at JCPenney. My job is mostly sales and part manager, but doing retail has definitely given me some valuable skills I am going to need in Public Relations.
When I’m not working, my hobbies include playing video games. I’m a gamer at heart. There is nothing quite like being able to hop on a game and play with your friends while releasing all of your pent up frustrations by playing World of Warcraft. It’s a great way to take yourself out of your own life and be transported into an entirely new one. Being a gamer can get you a bad reputation from time to time, but to me video games are art. It’s one of the reasons I love them so much. Before I was a gamer, I was really into performing arts. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I was active in choir and drama. I even picked up color guard for my high school marching band, McQueen High School Lancer Marching Band, my junior and senior year of high school.
In no particular order, my performing arts activities have included being in a large choir, being in a small women’s acapella choir, drama, and marching band. My marching band highlights have included marching at the Fiesta Bowl in 2006 and winning fifth place in the nation, and winning first place at the Nevada State Marching Band championships in 2005. It is something I miss every day.
There is nothing else quite like art. It’s how you represent yourself to the world and I have noticed throughout my life that art really speaks to people. It’s not only something you enjoy, but it’s also something that helps you through hard times. You can really connect with art on a personal level, and this is what makes it so appealing. It’s why I joined the Ames Community Arts Council as an intern. My goal is to help people connect with art so they can bring meaning, healing, and passion to their own lives.