After growing up and going to school in Michigan, where you’re never more than a stone’s throw away from a lake, I’m excited to experience life in the desert with all the challenges and rewards it’ll bring. I have an interest in both conservation and sustainable food, so I spent this summer working on an organic farm in Ann Arbor learning tons about food production, while looking for ways to get involved in conservation as my next adventure. My only other excursion to the Southwest was this past spring, when I went to Utah’s Bryce Canyon for a week. The landscape was incredibly beautiful and so different from what I’m used to. I can’t wait to see more of what this region has to offer!