Tree hugger, nature lover, environmentalist, all of the above. I am unique in the beauty that I see in the natural world, and my desire to protect it is why I chose to major in wildlife ecology. I was born in Boone, Iowa, and raised in Des Moines. My family is my rock. My parents have taken my brother and I on more vacations than I could easily count, and I have them to thank for my sense of adventure. I enjoy basically anything that happens outdoors, and there is hardly anything I won’t try. I work as a bartender/barista in Ames while I attend Iowa State. In the seemingly little free time I have I love to hang out with my friends, watch movies, and play tennis.