I was born in Vladikavkaz, Russia, and spent much of my childhood in an orphanage. There's a long story in between, but I was 11 when a family in Iowa adopted me. My older brother signed to play football at Briar Cliff, so I guess you could say I followed in his footsteps.
When it was time for me to choose a school, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I have always been creative and artistic, so my mom helped me decide on graphic design and marketing. I loved working in our new digital media lab with the other graphic design students. It had tons of big-screen Mac computers and all of the latest Adobe design software to give us experience.