I studied English & Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina Asheville. During undergrad I worked in the campus’ community engagement office as their Food Equity Fellow. That position found an intersection between my desire for environmental justice and community, mission-based work. The experience led to me pursuing opportunities in the nonprofit sector that also incorporated field work. After an internship working in Community Forestry back home in Ohio at the Holden Arboretum, I felt I was honing in on a path. This year, I chose to serve with AmeriCorps Project Conserve because it will allow me the opportunity to continue exploring the fields of Urban Forestry and Conservation. I’m excited to learn more about arboriculture through this service term and to work with an inspiring network of passionate, community-minded environmentalists.