Samantha Doucette


Hobbies and Travel

Samantha Doucette

Hobbies


I have developed a strong and deep connection with music ever since I was a little girl. While I don't play any instruments, I love a variety of different genres and styles of music. As a way to stay in touch and share new musical discoveries, my friends and I started a blog that developed into a website followed by people all around the world. We have an average of about 5,000 unique page views per month. This hobby has almost turned into a job because my best friend and I now manage five writers based out of Florida, California, Massachusetts and New York. We have obtained press credentials to major music festivals across the country including Camp Bisco, Wakarusa, Lights All Night, Snow Globe and Counterpoint.


Because of the unexpected popularity of our blog, I was forced to teach myself how to take pictures. Our writing was getting to be dull, long blocks of text and we needed something to accompany it. I bought a camera and took some preliminary digital photography classes to learn the basics. Since, I have taken pictures at a variety of different concerts and local events, including Gainesville Community Festival and Art Walk. I taught myself how to use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to edit my pictures.


Before I got heavily involved and interested in the music industry, I learned the correct form and strokes of competitive swimming when I was 8-years-old. Throughout my adolescent and young-adult years, I competed as a swimmer for my high school team and multiple private clubs. During this time, I also developed a passion for the fast-paced sport of water polo and was apart of my high school's water polo team for all four years.


Travel

I love to travel and wish I could do it more often. In 2006, I was able to go on a school trip to Greece. We visited Athens, traveled to the Oracle at Delta in the countryside and embarked on a five-day Mediterranean cruise. On the last day of the cruise, off the coast of the small island of Santorini, our cruise ship ran into an ancient reef and slowly capsized and sank. This event made international headlines and was also a determining factor as to why I wanted to get involved with journalism. As this was a traumatic experience, I lost all of my personal belongings and found myself on a tiny island with no shoes or money. Due to this accident, two people went missing and were never found. It is expected that they were in the room where the ship ran into the reef and were sucked out to sea due to the extreme pressure.


The Lonliest Road in America

In the summer of 2010, three of my best friends and I went on a cross-country road trip. We started in Miami and explored the South before driving north to Colorado. After spending time in Denver and Boulder, we camped in South Lake Tahoe for four days. The air was the most fresh and crisp air I have ever inhaled. After, we went to San Francisco and then camped in Big Sur for three days. Next, we spent a week in Los Angeles. It took us three days to drive from California back to Florida. It was the experience of a lifetime and I hope to do it again someday.


My dad is an avid boater, so naturally, my sisters and I grew up going out on the ocean a lot. Every summer, my family would take our boat to a different island in the Bahamas. I've eaten freshly made conch salad on a beautiful and deserted beach, learned how to free-dive in deep blue waters and went cliff diving in the clearest ocean water imaginable.