by Jennifer Graham
Some people sit back and watch television for hours upon hours, dreaming and wishing for certain parts of their life to just happen before their eyes. Some, perhaps, wish to become great mathematicians yet fail to study their craft, while others dream of becoming the next American Idol but never practice a single chord of an audition piece. However, some people believe in following their goals and dreams. Rob Wolf is one of those accomplished dreamers.
“When I began web design, I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” said 23-year-old Rob Wolf, a West Genesee High School graduate who is currently enrolled at Onondaga Community College where he studies graphic design. Like many other students and graduates of Camillus area schools, Wolf is a volunteer at the Camillus Town Shop and has been for quite some time. He has recently designed a remarkably appealing web site designated for the Town Shop and those who are interested in the local teen hangout.
“When I was young, I wanted to be an inventor,” Wolf said. “I had no clue what I’d invent but was inspired by movies (such as Ghostbusters).”
As a child, Wolf was like any usual kid. He enjoyed playing with Legos and climbing trees outside – nature was always a way for him to relax in a calming atmosphere. His love for web design began later in his life.
“What inspired me was that the previous website – visually it was just kind of there,” Wolf said.
The layout of his web site is a visually appealing collection of neutral browns and greens. It’s not only attractive to the eye but allows the body to relax and feel comforted.
“I’ve come a long way – designing it has taught me a lot,” Wolf said. “It allows me to put it in the hands of someone else. They don’t have to have much computer experience. I designed it to be really user friendly.”
The Town Shop website is only one of Wolf’s accomplishments. He has also created a flyer for the Syracuse Peace Council, which was recognized by the local paper and has also designed the layout for a friend’s small, personal video.
But if it weren’t for the Camillus Town Shop, none of what Wolf has accomplished on his website would be possible. Thanks to the founders Dave and Cheryl, everyone is able to view Wolf’s neatly laid out website on the internet.
“I like to see Cheryl and Dave and say ‘Hi’ and help out..” said Wolf with a grin. “If it weren’t for the Town Shop, I would never be playing volleyball.”
By volunteering at the Town Shop, Wolf has not only met wonderful people that he will remain friends with for some time, but has also followed one of his dreams and captured it.
This remarkable website can be found at camillustownshop.org and is open to emails and comments.
By viewing Wolf’s site, you can catch up on what you missed that week and can see what activities are planned for the next.