I’m a senior at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, pursuing dual degrees, which means I’ll have knocked out a B.S. in environmental conservation and a B.A. in journalism in four years when I graduate in May 2012. I was elected executive editor of UNH’s student newspaper, The New Hampshire, while a sophomore. In the year that followed, I would receive threats of physical harm (I guess sometimes it’s good to have campus police) while also beating all other media outlets to break the news that UNH’s faculty union were holding a “no confidence” vote in the university president. Before that, I was a staff writer covering science-related topics and did some freelance work for a science-based magazine.
Virginia is home, but I like to expand my boundaries. I’m spending fall 2011 studying natural resources in New Zealand, and the summers during my collegiate years have gone like this:
2009: Live in the backcountry of New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, a stone’s throw from federally designated wilderness, for 11 days at a time while working for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Take a shower once every two weeks, and try to keep animals from invading the tent I lived in. Go 43 days without getting on a computer.
2010: Live on a waterfront national wildlife refuge in Sag Harbor, NY, better known as part of the Hamptons, while interning for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Walk deserted beaches in the early morning and learn everything there is to know about the piping plover. Bike 375 miles back to school at the end of the summer.
2011: Live on base at Fort Knox, Kentucky as part of a reporting internship for the United States Army Cadet Command
I’m a ultrarunner, which means I love racing anything longer than a marathon. I’m going to attempt to set the Guinness World Record for joggling (running + juggling) 50 miles in May 2012. I hiked all 48 mountains above 4000 feet in New Hampshire within two years of moving to the state for college.
If we meet, I’m liable to mention Twitter and the need for personal branding. We’ll probably get along.