I grew up in Maine and went to college in Pennsylvania. I worked at an art gallery throughout college. Some of the time I worked at a call center too. If you have ever gotten a call from a college student asking for more money for the school you went to, then you have a pretty good idea of what that involved.
Once I graduated I joined Teach For America (which is how I ended up, rather randomly, in Texas). I lived in the Rio Grande Valley for two years (border of Mexico) and moved to Houston in June of 2011.