If you are reading this post, I’m sure you’d agree that pets make our lives bigger and better. This year’s Purina Better With Pets Summit once again took place in Brooklyn, NY. The theme was “Living Big.” I walked away from the event feeling motivated, inspired and more educated on how I can nurture the bonds I have with my pets so we can all live a bigger life together. In fact, I was SO inspired that I finally realized what I want to pursue my Master’s degree in – animal nutrition. I have an incredible amount of information that I want to share from the summit. This post will be a recap, and I plan to write more specific posts on topics that left a massive impression on me.
I graduated from Arizona State University in May 2011. I was 22 years old. Needless to say, I was pretty proud of myself! A Bachelor’s degree already at the age of 22 and I now had my entire life ahead of me. But I also needed a job. That was fine with me – I was ready to start making money instead of spending it on student loans. The problem? I couldn’t get a job in my field of study, which was history and culture. I went to school to be a high school history teacher but by the time I was ready to graduate with my Bachelor’s, I still needed to get certified as a teacher. Forget it. I started applying for jobs. On August 1, 2011, I started a job as a banker. Little did I know, it was the beginning of a miserable career that would turn into a dream come true.
I had never been to New York. The furthest East I had been in the United States was Pennsylvania – until Monday! I was given the opportunity by Purina to fly to NYC for the Better With Pets Summit and I jumped on it. I knew the summit would be amazing and my sister had just moved to Manhattan a couple weeks prior, so I figured it’d be the perfect time to connect with her. Although it was three days of insanity, it was absolutely amazing.