I grew up in southwestern Wisconsin in an old farmhouse surrounded by cows, pastures, and corn ﬁelds. I am a recent alumna of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, where I double majored in Biology (Ecology) & Mathematics (Statistics) and was on the cross country ski team. During my time in California I will be applying to graduate school for Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development. Last summer I served as an SCA intern with the U.S. Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska collecting data on the vegetation growing in areas that had been logged ﬁve years ago on Prince of Wales Island. It was my ﬁrst SCA program and it was awesome! The other interns and I thoroughly explored the island during our off time, backpacking over mountains and through muskegs to cabins that were generally ﬂoat plane destinations. I have never been to a desert and am stoked to live in a completely new ecosystem for eight months!