Recognizable me: Hi everyone!! My name is Ellery Hight. I am 20 years old and starting my junior year of college. This picture was taken in my beautiful hometown, Hood River, Oregon. Oregon is where I was born and raised. When you think of Oregon you probably are thinking what the heck is up there and doesn’t it just rain all the time? The answer is no. I live in a small town between Mount Hood and the Columbia River. When I was living at home full time, the winters consisted of skiing every minute of every day and in the summers I kite board and spend every second of the day outside enjoying the sunshine and tacos by the beach. All my life physical activity has been a major priority because of all the opportunities my town provide for it to become an every day lifestyle. With that being said, I love physical activity and am a firm believer that it leads to a happier person that leads to a happier life. I want to be a person in someone’s life that can help them achiever their goals through fitness to help them become a better self for themselves. I am in school for physical therapy. In the spring I will be taking my ACE personal training exam to hopefully land a job at the CU rec center to help pay my way through my senior year of college, I am very excited about that.
Where I’m at: As I said I am from a small town in Hood River, Oregon and very proud to be from there, but my heart is in Colorado. My mom attending CU 20 years ago and my dad grew up in sunshine canyon. My parents moved my sister to Oregon when she was 3 and then we never left. My dad left when I was a sophomore in high school to move back to Boulder where he now works at our family hardware store; McGuckins. If you are living in Boulder, I am sure you have gotten a light bulb or something like that from my dad at some point. Being far away from my mom was not easy the first 2 years of college, but having my whole dads side of the family all at the store whenever I needed them made things a lot easier. As of right now I am at work in Boston, Massachusetts. In may of this year I moved all my stuff from Oregon all the way across the country to Boston, Massachusetts. Why did I do this? Good question. No, I did this because I fell in love with a boy in Boulder last year and thought moving for him would be a good idea. And it has been almost 4 months. It has been the best decision. I here and I only knew my boyfriend (who lived 30 minutes outside the city by the way) and my two roommates that I met on craigslist. I didn’t have a job and I was a small girl in a very big city. But that didn’t stop me. I went out and I found a fun job at a gym. I got to shadow a physical therapist while I was here and I got to see the side of sales that I have never really been exposed to. This summer taught me a lot about who I am and what my goals are in my future. School can only teach you so much, I think that real world experience is where you can really actually find out what you like and dislike and what you are good at and not so good at. Anyways, after this amazing summer in somewhere I can now call a piece of me I am on to the next adventure. Before school starts my boyfriend and I are road tripping across the country, to drop him off at school in LA. I am taking a semester away from Boulder to travel and do schooling online.
What I want: My parents have come from two very different lifestyles that have built them both to be who they are to day. I look up to both of them very much but in different ways. My mom grew up with a single mom, she moved to Colorado and paid for schooling on her own, working three jobs, and paid for living and all other every day life expenses. She worked very hard to get to where she is now. She lives a comfortable life and is really happy. My dad on the other hand, got a job and money for an education all handed to him from his parents starting when he was 14 years old. He went to college for 2 years and then dropped out to work at our family hardware store. I see him struggle every day. So I guess the saying “Money doesn’t buy you happiness” really is true after all. What I want in life is to work hard. I want to be able to be sitting in my house in 10 years or apartment or even a little shack on the beach that I built, and be able to say I am happy and content with what I have built for myself and happy with the life I am living. Money is important to be confortable and less stressed I think, so I definitely want that in my life and with my job in the future. My freshmen year of college I didn’t get the best grades. I was new to the whole living on my own thing and there are soooo many people at CU, you could meet over 20 new people every day if you wanted to. I loved it, but my priorities got a little mixed up. What I want right now is to do well in school and graduate on time. I am going back to Boulder to live in the spring and take on campus classes, so hopefully I have my priorities all in line by then.
Where to find me:You will find me on a hike, at the gym, traveling the world, eating amazing food, grabbing coffee, doing yoga, on a bike ride, surfing in Mexico, skiing, you will find me anywhere that calls for adventure and something new. I am very bad at staying still and somewhere for long periods of time. I have grown to love change and exploring new parts of the world I have never seen before.