Hello, everyone! I grew up in a city called Granite City, which is located just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. I went to school at Southern Illinois University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduation, I enrolled in the Maryland Conservation Corps, where I spent 10 months of the past year working out in the ﬁeld. It was a great experience for me, and I was able to learn lots of new things, have a lot of fun, and make several good friends. This experience was one of the main reasons why I decided to do another year of similar type work, except for in a completely different area. I love being outdoors; hiking, rafting, biking, traveling, and experiencing new things and seeing new places. I’ve never been to California, the west coast or the desert, so I’m super excited to start this new adventure and meet some great people!