My name is Joe Kremer-Herman. I graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids Michigan in 2011 with a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies. This is my first time with the SCA, and am wondering why I didn't do this sooner.
I became interested in the natural world before I knew I had an interest. Growing up on a small farm in southern Minnesota, I was blessed with 5 acres where I would spend hot summers and cold winters playing in a grove were I would build forts, climb trees, look for animal tracks, and explore my surroundings. As I grew up, the box of a classroom was removing my childhood experiences with black and white text and standardized tests. It wasn't until halfway through college when I realized that I lost my childhood wonder, and decided that I wanted to spend the rest of my life outside.
I believe that the SCA will teach me the hands on skills that I need to be successful in my future endeavors, whether they're interpreting the natural world to the public or building trails to show people a world that helped build me as an individual.