About

About

Hello! I am Leah Clapper, a 4-foot-11-inch girl with a big personality.

Throughout my entire life, I have been extremely energetic. I fell in love with gymnastics at a young age, and I used to spend hours somersaulting and cartwheeling around my family’s living room (even during dinner). With countless hours of practice and years of hard work, I got to where I am today: competing on the University of Florida gymnastics team! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a Gator and leave a legacy with my teammates.

 

 

My creative nature coupled with my strong analytical skills has led me to the College of Journalism and Communications. I am currently working toward a combined bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s degree in mass communication.

I love exercising because it makes me feel like I am on top of the world, and I hope to continue with athletics or acrobatics after I graduate college. In addition, I plan on using the skills I have learned at UF to start my own business or social media side hustle, which would grant me the freedom to create my own schedule.

 

 

I am keeping my career goals open, but I marvel at the possibility of travelling the world and getting paid to create content. I hope to go on lots of adventures, perform and make extra income inspiring others to become their best selves through my platform.

As of now, I channel my energy into working on ambitious projects and doing intentional physical activity. I am passionately focused on becoming the best student, athlete and person I can be. With this, I run my own food blog, Zest & Finesse, where I inspire others to live a balanced lifestyle and fuel up with nutritious and delicious food alongside me. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and I enjoy experimenting with new recipes and sharing my creations (not to mention, eating delicious food). My favorite foods are burrito bowls, apple-cinnamon anything, and (ooey-gooey) brownies.

I also launched my own podcast, Zest & Progress, where I share motivational interviews with athletes and other inspiring individuals. I love making having these conversations, and my goal is to energize listeners to create positive change in their own life and the world around them!

 

 

Other activities I enjoy include…

  • Listening to educational and motivational podcasts
  • Painting and other artwork
  • Taking long walks and bike rides
  • Singing in the shower
  • Dancing
  • Working out
  • Decorating and interior design
  • Skiing with my family
  • Making people smile
  • Travelling and experiencing new things

 

 

Here are some qualities I display…

  • Efficiency – you guessed right, I’m the girl who will turn in schoolwork right after the assignment is posted, and I tend to go above and beyond the expectations. For example, I made an entire sketchbook video for an extra credit project in high school. 
  • Determination – Practicing gymnastics taught me determination at an early age, and I’ve been setting goals and working toward them ever since – in all areas of my life. I’ve been getting back up and learning from my mistakes from the first time I split the beam onward.
  • Ambition – I am always looking for a new challenge or project to tackle, and I love staying busy.
  • Organization – I have to-do lists galore and labels for everything. Of course, I cannot stand anything being left out in my apartment.
  • Positivity – I take pride in trying to enjoy every moment, and whatever I’m striving for, I look for joy in the process.  Moreover, I always try to look at the bright side and learn from every situation. 

Overall, I am a lively optimist, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

 

Thanks for reading!

Check out my portfolio page to view some of my work!

 

Check out my social media to stay up-to-date on my lifestyle…