I remember learning about plant metabolism in freshman biology and thinking that I likened my personality to the adaptations of a CAM plant. In much the same way that these plants use specialized carbon ﬁxation to maximize the amount of time their stomata are closed during the hottest part of the day, I think that similarly I can adapt to the environmental and social challenges that I encounter. Through open mindedness and positivity I always seek to gain the most out of a demanding situation. Raised in New Hampshire, my passion for environmental preservation and outdoor recreation has long been a large part of my life. As a rising junior at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, majoring in Environmental Science and Anthropology, I’m thrilled to be taking a year off to quench my thirst for environmental and civic engagement in a novel environment!