Hey Babes! My name is Bernadette and I’m a 24 year old former web application developer from Chicago who recently moved to Miami. When I’m not working on websites, I’m decorating my planner, curled up with my tablet browsing YouTube, or tanning by the pool. I’m the girl with the computer science degree who also happens to adore cheetah print and rap music.
Sweet Home Chicago
I’ve grown up living close to the city, in a neighborhood surrounded by trains. Both of my parents were born and raised in Chi-town so when I was young my mom would take me to the Art Institute (my favorite museum downtown) or to see musicals at the Cadillac theater. As I grew up and my friends moved into city apartments, I would get on the L every weekend to roam around Millennium Park, visit the beach at midnight, or bar hop in Wrigley. Every night was an adventure and as much as I loved it, I was looking for a way to escape; to try something new.
Man, I Love College
I went to Elmhurst College, a private school in the Chicago suburbs. My parents paid for my college education, and part of that agreement was that I would go to a school in commuting distance. My top three schools were DePaul, Elmhurst, and Loyola and while I was accepted into all three, I chose Elmhurst. Not knowing what to study, my dad pushed me to computer science, a major that absolutely terrified me. I had experimented with web design when I was 12 years old and I had blogged religiously from middle school through high school, but I didn’t know programming. I didn’t have any interest in sitting at a computer coding and I thought I would feel stupid and miserable in my classes. Reluctantly, I agreed to enter the program since I really didn’t know what else to study and I knew there would be job security with this major.
Spoiler alert. I survived the program. While I wasn’t the best programmer in our program, I really pushed myself. I bonded with a couple of my professors and eventually got an internship as a web application developer, which led to my first full-time job. I felt incredibly proud to be a female in the computer science program and even spoke on a panel at an event our school hosted to encourage middle school girls to pursue STEM careers. I am a huge advocate for women in technology. If I can do it, any girl with the motivation to do it can.
I met my fiancé Jake the summer after my sophomore year of college when I was working at the local movie theater. That summer I had been on bed rest for a couple months with a couple bad illnesses so I wasn’t able to work until mid-July. I worked with Jake twice during that summer and found out that he went to school in Miami, Florida and was a year younger than me. I thought he was really charming, but knew that I probably wouldn’t speak to him again after he left for his sophomore year of college. I was wrong. We befriended each other on Facebook and started talking everyday. We hung out downtown when he came back to Chicago for a UM football game against Notre Dame and started dating that October. Being in a long distance relationship sucked. I would fly down to Miami to visit him (I had never been there before and I was amazed at how different it was) for long weekends, and once for an entire month. For awhile I didn’t have unlimited texting/calling on my phone so we would only be able to talk on Skype at night after we were both out of classes.
Flash forward two years and I flew down to Miami for Thanksgiving 2014. We had planned a trip to Disney since neither of us had been there since we were children. He proposed to me in front of Cinderella’s Fountain at Disney World on Thanksgiving day.
In the spring of 2015 Jake was nearing graduation and was applying for jobs in Chicago and Florida. We knew that one of us would have to move somewhere, and with Miami being a possibility, I was hopeful that he would find something in Florida. He did! I moved down to Florida in mid-July of 2015 after embarking on a cross-country road trip with my best friend. That’s where I am today and I couldn’t be happier (unless they opened a Portillos down here..).
My interests can best be described as eclectic. Let me break it down:
- Pastels, rainbows, cheetah print, glitter.
- Anything floral print, especially vintage patterns.
- Writing – I graduated from college with a minor in English.
- Swimming – I was on the swim team in high school all 4 years.
- Dancing – I was a dancer my entire life and stopped when I was 18. Since then I have taken zumba and burlesque dance classes.
- Horror movies, especially cheesy 80s movies. I am obssessed with Chucky, Freddy Krueger, Gremlins, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space.
- My favorite genre of music is rap and since moving from Chicago, I deeply miss Power 92.
- I love psychedelic art.
- I am obsessed with Chipotle.
- My favorite animal are dachshunds (weenie dogs) and I’ve accidentally started a collection of sausage dog stuffed animals.
- My drink of choice is a Malibu pineapple or Blue Moon.
- I am a planner addict and love my planner collection with all my heart.
- I have a 6 month old chihuahua/dachshund puppy named Addison.
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