It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year of high school when I realized I couldn’t live without the mountains. Sierra Nevada College is the perfect school for me. This college offers the two majors I desire, when most schools don’t offer anything similar. The classes are small, the teachers are great, and the opportunities in Tahoe are endless.
It began with the syllabus, a notebook page of ideas and the intrinsic motivation to have an impact. Service Learning was my first experience creating a three credit independent study designed specifically to satisfy my vision. My sixty hour service component consisted of co-teaching a white water kayaking class, guiding a two day white water rafting trip on the East Fork of the Carson River and volunteering as a climbing instructor with the local after school program.
My service-learning project in the Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Interdisciplinary Studies Program gave me the opportunity to expand my learning through direct real-life experience. My passion for rock climbing and knowledge gained in my ODAL classes gave me the confidence to develop and implement a climbing wall and climbing programs at the new Truckee Community Recreation Center.
The Art Installation Backpacking Trip I designed incorporated my disciplines: Fine Art and Outdoor Adventure Leadership. This trip was meant to help students to think creatively while reconnecting to the land.
In the fall of 2012, I worked on the restoration of Rosewood Creek for my service learning. The main cause of the restoration is to reduce sediment loading into Lake Tahoe by restoring a 7,200 foot section of Rosewood Creek between Northwood Boulevard and Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village, Nevada.
It was hard for me to find the right place to go to school. I attended five community colleges, and traveled the world trying to find my niche. Sierra Nevada College seems like it was made for me. I can pursue my passions of rock climbing, skiing, and backpacking, while obtaining a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Environmental Science.
After getting my first camera in eighth grade, I haven’t stopped documenting what I enjoy doing. I am majoring in Digital Art and Journalism so I can start sharing what I believe are the best qualities of life, and help spread the knowledge of better quality sustainable living.
I decided to attend Sierra Nevada so I could continue to live in the place I love. I saw could learn while maintaining my active lifestyle, and while in the classroom my teachers could relate the subject matter to the area we live in while making learning experiences hands-on, fun, and interesting.
I decided to move to Tahoe because I could not think of a more beautiful place to go to school, and because of the snow, of course. I am studying Sustainability because our society needs to find better ways to sustain itself than by creating nuclear waste dumps and sanctioning away oil from other countries.
As a kindergartener, I remember choosing to write left-handed. I felt my unordinary name should be distinguished with an unordinary style, thus writing left-handed. Let that style grow for two decades.