My name in Alex Wong and I was born in Los Angeles, California. After moving to Miller Place, New York when I was one year old, I had a great childhood playing with my older sister, Christina, and friends from around the neighborhood. I was quiet and friendly through middle school, but broke out of my shell in high school playing music in a band with my friends and becoming captain of the tennis team my senior year. I spent my summers as a lifeguard for a community pool. College was a transformation period for me, as I switched from majoring in business to geography after realizing conservation was a strong passion of mine. During my junior year, my mother retired from being a nursing supervisor and my father continued his work as a medical researcher for Brookhaven National Laboratory. I graduated with a major in geography and three minors in environmental studies, urban studies, and sociology. Directly after school I joined the SCA as a Sonoran Pronghorn Intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. This was an amazing experience through which I learned a lot about how government agencies worked together, experienced living in a completely new type of environment, and gained valuable oﬃce and field skills. I am eager to begin working with a team on the CWPP for North Carolina and having another memorable experience doing so over the next six months.