G.I.R.L. Spotlight on Alumna, Melinda Hrdy
What’s it take to graduate high school, move across the country, enroll in a culinary arts program and fast-track to graduation with aspirations of being an international chef?
A G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, of course.
And Girl Scout Alumna and Lifetime Member Melinda Hrdy is just that!
For the past year and half, Melinda has been studying culinary arts at the New Culinary Institute in Vermont. Born and raised in Olathe, KS Melinda was a member of Troop 334 for 13 years. During her time as a Girl Member, Melinda served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & Northwest Missouri. She was the voice of 20,000+ girls, contributed to organizational decisions and saw first-hand what it’s like to run a business.
“It was an amazing experience to be part of the meetings, talk about the future of our council and make decisions to further the organization.”
Melinda did a little bit of everything through Girl Scouts. From primitive camping (or ‘roughing it’ as she calls it!) to volunteering, traveling and celebrating the Girl Scout Centennial in Washington D.C., Melinda has loved every moment of her experience.
“I feel that Girl Scouts has made me such a well-rounded and wholesome individual.”
And she credits Girl Scouting with giving her the opportunities to discover her full potential.
“Girl Scouts gave me the empowerment and leadership qualities to find myself and find what my passion was and to go get it.”
In fact, it was a Girl Scout trip to Costa Rica that inspired her career in the culinary arts. Emerging herself in that new culture sparked an interest. She returned to the states and began expanding her knowledge and emerging herself in other cultures…through food.
“Culture plays a huge role in cooking. I learn the history and origin of food in different regions and why different cultures use the spices they do,” Melinda said.
Melinda is on the fast-track to graduate in the Spring of 2018! Upon graduation, she wants to move to Spain and work in a restaurant.
“I want to do something big, I want to go overseas,” she said. “In Girl Scouts they say you can be anything you want to be, and you really can. You just have to reach for it.”
The risks Melinda took as an adolescent in Girl Scouting have prepared her to reach for whatever she dreams of.
We can’t wait to see where Melinda’s risks take her!
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