As you can see, my name is Rachel Hicks. I'm from the great plains, Oklahoma City, but the foothills of the Ozarks is what I'd like to call home, as it is the closest place with more scenery than just flat plains. I attained my associate's degree in Horticulture in 2009, with an emphasis in Sustainable Crops Production. As much as I love the horticulture field, I knew that I wanted my career to be more involved with nature. As a graduation gift to myself, I decided to take a long road trip to see the Pacific Northwest, which is something I had been wanting to do for a long time. I fell in LOVE with the whole area.. more lush, green landscapes, more biodiversity, mountains, coast line.. everything! When I came home, I decided that some kind of environmental studies would be my best bet to be able to have a career while enjoying the beauty of nature. So, that's what I'm doing now - attending OU for a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Environment. I'm loving my classes so far, just not sure where I want to take my degree yet; which is what I'm hoping this internship will help me with. This will be my first SCA experience, and I'm very excited about it! Living, working, and learning in wilderness - sounds perfect to me!