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Growing up in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, I found joy and comfort in the outdoors, particularly from the river near my house—swinging into the South River from an outstretched tree branch, holding hands and jumping into it on a summer’s day, gazing up at the stars above it, wondering about the universe. As time went on, I wanted to spend more and more time outside and eventually majored in Environmental Policy and Science. I wanted to see the world and the beauty it had to offer. After graduating, I worked as an environmental educator, deepening my relationship with the environment, and having the opportunity to share immersive, sometimes life-changing, experiences with students of all ages.
Then, wanting to explore more of the country, I joined Americorps and worked for a social service organization in New Orleans doing marketing. I loved the opportunity to be creative and to tell the stories of individuals who faced adversity, but were able to overcome challenges, with the help of the community. I then joined Americorps for a second year in Provo, Utah, volunteering with a food bank and social service organization. There, I managed four community gardens that yielded two tons of organic produce for low-income families. Having seen the great work that is done in the social service field, I began working as a caregiver for adults with special needs in the community. Now, I am excited to work in the Communications and Business Offices at SESYNC because I am interested in the challenges inherent in socio-environmental issues and the successes that can arise from the robustness of interdisciplinary science.