My name is Claire Kincaid, and I'm super excited to be joining the Olin Class of 2019! So far, my gap year has been a huge adventure in flexibility. My family is USAF active duty and had received orders to Tokyo, Japan. Needless to say, I thought that by now I'd be traveling through Asia, enjoying the sights and staving off culture shock.
But then calamity struck and we had a bit of a family medical emergency, and our orders were cancelled. So, I was left for about a week with no plans whatsoever, keeping the house spotless and bashing my head against a wall. But once I dragged myself out of my stupor, I was able to take advantage of some absolutely wonderful opportunities here in Colorado Springs, and I'm now living my gap year dream.
I have two jobs, both of which I love, and I own and operate a small business. My business, "Claire's Creations" (still working on a better name) is a home based jewelry business where I design and fabricate original pieces using semiprecious stones and sterling silver. I also cut and classify my own gems, determining their geological identity and retail value, so that I can then incorporate them into one of a kind designs.