Growing up in the foothills of East Tennessee, I gained an appreciation for the outdoors at an early age. After attending the University of Tennessee for two and a half years, I put my academia career on furlough and decided to pursue real-world experience. I joined the SCA native plant corps in February of 2011 as a corpsmember at Cowpens National Battleﬁeld in South Carolina, followed by a position at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey in May, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in September. I like Star Wars, hot sauce, and country music. The End.