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Appalachian State University, 2019
Recreation Management: Parks and Recreation
I come from a long line of hill people from Appalachia, and the love for the woods didn't stop with me. I grew up camping, canoeing, hiking, and fishing.
I came to Appalachian State on a Geology Scholarship, but my passion for all things summer camp led me to study Rec Management. Throughout college, OP and the Recreation Management Department helped me further develop climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding skills. My undergraduate position with UREC also gave me a passion for helping provide recreation opportunities to my peers.
An OP ski expedition in Banff, Canada toward the end of my senior year motivated me to accept a position as an Outdoor Programs Graduate Assistant while I earn my MBA here at App. I'm pumped to further develop my technical and administrative skills. I'm also thrilled to be a part of the OP community for a couple more years.
Appalachian State University, 2020
Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education
I came to Appalachian State University after an international trip to Belize changed my life. I spent 9 days backpacking all across the country with my best friend. We went caving in some of the most amazing places, hiked some brutal trails through the rainforests, ate about one meal a day, and slept less than we ever imagined. It was hands down the most fun that I have ever had and I knew that I wanted to go to college for either outdoor travel or something along those lines. I saw that App State had a Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education (OEE) degree and I instantly gravitated towards that. I never would have imagined on the first day of school how much the program would end up changing my life.
I worked very closely with the OEE department throughout my undergraduate career and assisted in a number of classes as a risk manager and/or a teacher's assistant. I soon found myself at Outdoor Programs and I knew I had found a place that was for me. I wanted nothing more than to give back to my fellow students and provide them as many awesome opportunities and outdoor experiences as I could. I'm extremely grateful for all those who have helped me along the way and I'm proud to continue working with Outdoor Programs and doing what I love through graduate school.
If you're on the fence about going on an adventure, just remember that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Who knows, it might just change your life like it did mine. See you out there!