Chelsea Wilson

Professional and Otherwise

The Gap

When my resume is viewed on a timeline, there is an obvious gap from 2011-2012. That gap has a name: Amelia.

Spring 2011

Six months pregnant sitting on a dock. My husband and I found out we were expecting during the spring semester of my sophomore year. I assumed I could handle the difficulties of pregnancy and continued with classes, but Amelia had radically different plans. At 10 weeks I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. HG only affects about 3 percent of pregnancies (basically just me and Kate Middleton) and causes extreme and prolonged morning sickness, to the point where nutrition is at risk. If you are interested, visit the HER Foundation for more information on this condition. I lost 15 lbs during my first trimester and had to medically withdraw for the semester. I spent days at a time on my parents’ sofa while my husband finished his masters degree. Amelia hardly noticed my misery and after about 25 weeks I was finally able to eat something other than watermelon.

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012

When I reached full term we made the startling discovery that Amelia had already inherited my uncanny sense of direction. She was breeched, or simply not facing the right direction, which necessitated a cesarean section in late July. Medical concerns aside, this also put me in an academic predicament, as I had not yet recovered from surgery when fall commenced. Rather than jeopardize my student status by spending two consecutive semesters not enrolled, I took a full load of online business classes. That spring I took another semester of business classes including accounting, finance, marketing and management to complete a minor in Business Administration.

Fall 2012

Amelia in her Gator cheerleader outfit. I returned to campus in fall of 2012 and Amelia started "school" at a local daycare. The transition was painless; Amelia seems to enjoy interacting with other toddlers as much as I relish my time in the College of Journalism and Communications. I am excited to be a part of the new Media and Society degree track. This course of study allows students to formulate an individual degree program with classes in advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunications. I will graduate in December of 2013 and hope to find a job with a small non-profit or community-based organization that does not have the resources for a large communication department. I am uniquely qualified to work in multiple capacities within my field, and would be excited to work as a communications coordinator.