Since I was little I have loved the outdoors and the plants that I saw on hikes or in the garden. While attending The University of California Santa Cruz I realized that this was my calling and so involved myself with the UCSC Arboretum, Green Houses, internships and various independent study projects. In the winter of 2010 I earned a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Literature. After school I proceeded to learn more about plants while working for Green Hands Inc. , a small business gardening company in San Francisco. Though gardening and working with plants in the city proved to be fun and exciting for me, as a plant enthusiast, I wanted to work with the park service, speciﬁcally in restoration, as many classes I had attended in this subject were very interesting to me. Now my wish has come true and this summer I do it!