My Life so Far
I grew up in a small town named Arnold in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Living in Arnold had its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages were that everyone knew each other and got along. The disadvantages were that there were not a lot of opportunities outside of what your school put together. I graduated with the same friends that I had gone to kindergarten with and that was really special. I decided that for school I would move on to bigger and better things so I started some research.
Most of my high school career I did not know what I wanted to do as a real career or even what to study in college. After doing some research I decided that I wanted to be some sort of engineer. I have always been interested in math and problem solving because there is always an answer. Junior year I signed up for an Environmental Science class because I was somewhat aware of current environmental issues. After about a month of the class I knew that I had to do something. The world is in serious danger and it needs all the help it can get. That is when I knew by becoming an Environmental Engineer I could make the most direct impact. In the future I do not know what specifically I would like to do but I am hoping my time here at Humboldt State will help me to decide.
Most of my work experience has been volunteer and it all has to do with children. For the past 3 years I have been working at kids camps as a counselor across California. During the summer I worked at the Santa Barbara Zoo Camp with kids ages 6-12. My job was to take the kids around the zoo and teaching them the importance of endangered species and how to properly take care to the animals the zoo has. All of the animals at this zoo are ones that could not live properly in the wild. They have either been born in zoos or they have a disability that would make survival impossible. Another camp I worked at was an overnight science camp for the 6th graders at our local middle school. This camp was located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Boulder Creek. At this camp we were in charge of the kids 24 hours a day for 5 days. During the instructional hours of the day we taught them about the importance of our natural environment and how to take care of it. My only paid work experience was at an outdoor camp in Bear Valley. At this camp we took the kids swimming, kayaking, sailing, biking, hiking, rock climbing, disk golfing, and archery. Overall these camps have taught me patience and how to work with others in sometimes high stress situations.