I’m Haley, and if you can come up with a cool nickname, feel free to call me whatever you want. I’m nineteen years old and truthfully hardly feel like an adult, but I think we’re all still learning.
I’m a second-year junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a member of the class of 2018. I was directly-admitted into the Wisconsin School of Business straight out of high school and am pursuing a degree in marketing and a certificate in graphic design, with a dream of becoming a front-end web developer. A born and raised Cheesehead, I love calling Wisconsin home.
Writing has been my passion for years; in the fourth grade I wrote a novel almost three hundred pages long about a lost dog on a fabulous and horrible adventure to find his way home. I’m definitely not saying it was the world’s best work, but I still felt accomplished. Ever since then writing has become my outlet for everything from my opinions to my emotions to my gratitude, and I couldn’t imagine a world where I didn’t feel at home with a pencil in hand.
Besides language, I love waterskiing on a show team, reading whatever I can get my hands on, and singing loudly (and off key) as often as possible. Christmas is my ultimate favorite day of the year and bad jokes are my forte. Sometimes I slip into intermittent Spanish because “bueno” just sounds so much better than “good”. I’m blessed to have an amazing boyfriend, the most supportive immediate family I could ever ask for, and pets who are some of the biggest joys in my life.
I talk too much and think even more, but every day I’m doing my best to live fully and happily. Memories are invaluable to me and the future is all at once scary and exciting.
I exist in a few other places on the internet besides Clompish: I have a professional portfolio at haleyeyoung.com, and I also started a blog for my family’s rescue dog called Snort for Short. If you want to say hi you can find me on Twitter and Instagram, and if you want to get on my good side fast you can just say nice things about elephants.
The name Clompish has origins that date back to 2007, my fifth grade year. My best friend at the time moved to Texas and right before she left we bought a stuffed dinosaur together named Clomps. We stayed in touch by sending him back and forth with letters, and I named my first ever (freely hosted, poorly constructed) website Clomps after him. My coding was amateur and my design skills even more rudimentary, but I fell in love with the world of website creation. This original blog/graphics site of mine went through many name changes, but eventually I purchased the domain Clompish.com.
As I grew older and entered junior high, my time for casual website design and blogging decreased. I was also outgrowing many of the things that had inspired my website in the first place, and thus Clompish fell inactive for years. As I finished high school in 2015 and decided to start back up on the internet with a writing portfolio of sorts, I couldn’t resist keeping the name Clompish for old time’s sake. It’s a little strange and quirky, but still makes me smile. Some things never grow old.
Clompish is a place for me to keep and showcase my writing in all its many forms. I’m not in the business of forcing this website to be anything particular; like my writing, I’m happy just seeing where it goes. My work displayed here ranges from personal to academic to everything in-between, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Clompish runs on WordPress. I developed this theme after drawing inspiration from a multitude of other simple blogging themes, especially Kihon; the woodgrain background is from here. All written work on Clompish is mine.