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.
Outdoor Adventure Leadership
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.
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.
Today I ski, love life, love my family, and strive to do everything that opens my eyes wide and makes me smile.
I joined a robotics team in high school, which led me to mechanical engineering, but while my enthusiasm for engineering waned after a couple of years my love for the outdoors never did. After developing an interest in running my own business, I transferred to SNC as an Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Entrepreneurship major.
The search of who I really am is underway in this chapter at Sierra Nevada College, trying out a path of Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Entrepreneurship, but the answers only lie in the depths of myself, in no one else, no matter how hard I pry. I thrive for me, and constantly wonder where my boots will take me next.
Neither my mother nor my father graduated from college For them, seeing their children succeed means more than their own success. I am incredibly grateful that they made sure I grew up with a strong concrete foundation. My father constantly reminded me that “education is the most important thing in life,” and his message is becoming clear.