Caitlin Shoemaker '12

From the Classroom to the World Wide Web

With close to 200,000 followers on Instagram, alumna Caitlin Shoemaker ’12 incorporates her love of science and creativity into her online presence, From My Bowl.
If someone told me in high school that, at the age of 23, I would be running popular food-based Instagram and YouTube channels as well as a recipe blog, I would most likely have laughed and said “you must have the wrong person.” Yet here I am today, doing all of those things.

My experience at Mount de Sales dramatically impacted my life, but not in the way I always thought it would. In high school, I was adamant about pursuing a career in the field of science; It was something I both excelled in and enjoyed, however, a part of me always loved the arts. I remember saying to my friends, “If I could choose any job in the world, I would be a photographer.”

Luckily, I had the privilege of going to MDSA, which allowed me to pursue both hard sciences while nurturing my creative side. While I took almost every science-related class available, I also had the chance to dabble in the arts. I loved my Anatomy and AP Biology classes with Mrs. McFarland, but I also cherished my studio time in the art room for my Textiles class.

Mount de Sales not only educated me on foreign language, science, art, and history - it also taught me how to think. The high academic rigor, engaging teachers, and supportive community all shaped me into the thinker, creator, and woman I am today. I have been able to use the concepts I learned in high school to help me have a successful career with my online presence, From My Bowl.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge all of the wonderful women I met while attending MDSA. I still keep in touch with my closest friends almost daily. They’ve been with me through thick and thin, and I will be forever grateful that our high school brought us together.

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