I am originally from Roseville, California. I spent the last ten years at American River College in Sacramento, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with myself. I took classes in just about every subject, many of which were extremely interesting and enjoyable to learn about. I couldn't make up my mind about what to focus on, because I kind of wanted to learn about everything. Finally, I came to the conclusion that what I really wanted was to become specialized in an area that felt important. In the hypothetical collapse of human civilization as we know it, would my skills be useful? This was the silly question I relied on to focus my interests. More specifically, I felt that it was important to learn new and innovative ways of living, ways that would be more compatible with the future survival of our species than our historical and current methods. During my extensive secondary education, I had three children along the way. Although this makes school more challenging, it also gives the need for a change more personal resonance. I want my daughters to live in a hopeful world, not one in a constant state of environmental crisis. Though there are far too many people on the planet to truly "save the world," I do believe there are things that can be done differently. Ideas like green building and communities like ecovillages are very interesting and exciting to me. These are the types of projects I would like to be involved in. Then I would truly feel like I was doing something important.