I first became interested in the environment when I was young and I would go for walks with my dad on trails through the woods surrounding my house in rural Wisconsin. My parents didn’t allow much technology usage until I was almost in high school and needed to use a computer for homework, so I spent almost all my free time outdoors. I didn’t see it at the time, but what my parents did really helped me to appreciate the natural world around me. I was always running barefoot through the yard and walking the different trails surrounding my house, picking berries and planting acorns. Growing up I really learned to appreciate the beauty of my surroundings and grew increasingly motivated to preserve that beauty for everybody to enjoy. I am now a senior, majoring in Spanish and Environmental Studies, and am hoping to be able to help others find a love and appreciation for the environment as well.