It is my continued education and recreation in the outdoors that has led me to an internship with the SCA. I hope that this opportunity to work and live outside for the summer will strengthen me physically and mentally. My environmental education began when I was a child and my family would take me on trips away from my hometown, Roanoke, VA; to nearby national forests and parks. These trips peaked my curiosity about my natural surroundings. After high school I chose to major in Forestry and moved to Clifton Forge,VA where I completed a two year Forestry Technology degree at Dabney S. Lancaster. In the fall I will transfer to Virginia Tech where I will complete my bachelors in Forestry. Some hobbies that I enjoy outdoors that the national forest has facilitated include mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking and swimming. I am fortunate to live near the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest and am glad to serve the forest that has served me so well.