I grew up here in Oregon. I was lucky to live on a 500 acre farm just outside of Portland. This experience cultivated a deep passion for the outdoors. A few of my favorite activities include backpacking, cycling, hiking, discovering a new swimming hole, canoeing and running. One fortunate part about being a local is the strong community of friends and family that surround me. I adore my niece and nephew and cannot seem to get enough them. I recently graduated from a masters program and now have time to start participating in hobbies again such as, reading a book for pleasure. Plus, I plan to do more traveling abroad in the near future.