I have always had a love for the environment. Growing up, I loved exploring the outdoors and visiting national and state parks. When I got to UW I had no clue what I wanted to major in. Then, second semester of my freshman year, I took my first environmental studies class and I was hooked. The courses I have been able to take here have only helped grow my appreciation for nature and passion for environmental causes. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern at a botanical garden in my hometown where I got to teach 300 elementary school students, who visited the gardens on field trips with their summer school class, how to compost, garden and cook. This experience sparked an interest in environmental education and recreation for me. I hope to continue in the environmental education and recreation fields after graduation.