Who I Am:
Hey there! My name is Kayla Imrisek, and I am from Mukilteo, WA. It’s a small town about half an hour away from the great city of Seattle (Go Sounders!). I graduated from Western Washington University where I earned a degree in Human Services. One day, I hope to work at a non-profit organization as an event planner. I’m a big fan of boots, sweaters, and rain, so adjusting to the weather of the Sunshine State has been quite a challenge for me. However, I am beyond excited to have the amazing privilege of spending a few months on the east coast working with TWLOHA.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the first Spring Break Internship with TWLOHA when I was in high school, and was able to spend a week in Florida getting to know the organization. I then founded and ran a UChapter at Western Washington University and was in awe of how TWLOHA’s message of hope and second chances was changing the lives of those around me. I have always been a big believer in ideas like community and hope, and I have been lucky enough to be able to work with TWLOHA to help further these ideas in my community.
Stuff I Like:
I am a HUGE Harry Potter nerd (also a proud Hufflepuff). Seriously, ask me anything about Harry Potter, and chances are I will know the answer. I also love highlighters, coffee, animals, Swedish Fish, and eggnog. I listen to all types of music except country (but mostly Beyoncé) and watch way more TV shows than I should. Breaking Bad and 30 Rock are two of my favorites. I love theatre and spent a lot of time in college stage-managing. I’m always up to go see a movie or a play, and love discussing them once they are over. My favorite movie right now is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but ask me again in a week, because it will probably change. I also harbor a dream of one day becoming a successful rapper if a career in the non-profit field doesn’t pan out. Keep an eye out for my EP.
Why I’m Here:
TWLOHA has been close to my heart since I first saw Jon Foreman wearing a title shirt at a Switchfoot concert in eighth grade. I read Renee’s story on Myspace and instantly connected with it. The idea that we could actively fight against the stigma around mental health stuck with me, and I wanted to do all I could to spread the mission of TWLOHA.
TWLOHA is big on the idea of community. Recently, I’ve been learning a lot more about what this looks like. While I’ve always had people around me who showed me love and support, it’s been difficult for me to be honest with them about things that I was going through. Vulnerability is scary, and for a long time it was something I was very bad at. TWLOHA taught me that honesty is essential for a healthy community, and my story is most definitely important. Because of this, I have been able to build healthier relationships around myself and start living the life I deserve to live. TWLOHA changed my life, and I hope to do the same for others.