After graduating from my masters program, I began a nearly 2,000 mile journey along the Appalachian Trail. From northern Georgia in early April to New Hampshire in late July, I would hike an average of around 20 miles a day, and see a great portion of the Appalachian region.
After graduating from college, I flew out to Canada and began a 2,000+ mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. For 4.5 months I hiked southbound, mostly by myself, and it was arguably the greatest adventure of my life.
In the summer of 2008, I was awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. For two months I studied coastal ecology there and was able to explore parts of the country as well. My first ever scientific publication resulted from the research I completed there.
During my undergraduate education, I studied abroad at the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. Traveling with a friend, making many along the way, meeting my family, and taking incredible trips around the continent. This was my first experience outside of the developed western world, and it has changed my perspective on the way people live.