Alyssa Hollingsworth is a lot of things, including but not limited to: A student, traveler, writer, arthritic and photographer. Unsurprisingly, most of her entries will deal with these major parts of her life.
Student: Alyssa graduated from Berry College with her Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing. She also happened to be a charter Gate of Opportunity Scholar, which means when she wasn’t in class she was running about the campus working at her three different jobs–Public Relations, Philanthropic Communications and editor for Ramifications. In fall 2013, Alyssa will begin pursuing her Master in Fine Arts at Chatham University.
Traveler: Over ten different countries (and counting)! This includes a semester abroad in the United Kingdom, studying at the University of Reading.
Writer: As a small and adorable child, Alyssa used to look up at adults through her reddish blond curls and say that her dream in life was to be a writer. While other dreams have come and gone, this is a constant. As a writer, Alyssa particularly enjoys young adult fiction.
Arthritic: At 17 years old, Alyssa began having pain in her left thumb. One misdiagnoses and about fifteen different specialists later, it was discovered that she had Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is still learning how to live with the everyday pain and occasional health crisis. But she is determined that this disease will not slow her down.
Photographer: It is very rare to not see Alyssa with a camera around her neck. She loves to take pictures of people, to capture their stories through her lens.
But the important thing is that Alyssa isn’t an expert. She approaches the world as a learner. Through this blog, she’ll be sharing the journey of learning how to be alive to the tips of her fingers (even if her fingers no longer work).