Hometown: Lindale, Ga.
Other YHC Involvements: competitive cheerleading team member, peer mentor, resident assistant, Inter-Religious Council member, Student Athlete Advisory Committee member, Phi Alpha Phi sorority, Alpha Xi fraternity
Being an outdoor leadership major at YHC rocks because... I have never been able to sit still in school. I longed for hands-on activities and found myself becoming bored in class until becoming an outdoor leadership major. I am an experiential learner, and this major gives me the freedom to work in the outdoors. There's nothing like it!
My favorite courses are… "Tree Climbing" and "Appalachian Trail." I knew hardly anything about either of them before taking the classes, and now they are two of the things I am most passionate about.
My favorite memory/moment (so far) is... my first night spent in the woods. You'd think since declaring this major I would be an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast, but I knew nothing about the outdoors. I remember sitting quietly under the stars, with the silhouette of the Blue Ridge Mountains all around me, and realizing in that moment that it was the first time I had ever just sat and appreciated the beauty around me. It was magical.
I have already gained experience in my field by… traveling to Chugiak, Alaska, to work as a lifeguard and lead facilitator on the challenge course at a camp.
My favorite outdoor pursuit is… hiking. Although I am not the best and I find myself initially dreading the climb, I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get when I reach the top of a mountain. It's exhilarating.
My future plans are… working with children as an outdoor therapist or camp director. After that, the greater picture would be seeing the world and doing as much backpacking as possible.