Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois
College: University of Michigan
As an Overland student, Emily Higgins participated in the Blue Ridge Explorer in 2009, in the Yellowstone Teton Explorer in 2010 and the Language & Service Costa Rica in 2011.
Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Emily graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a dual degree in biopsychology and Spanish. She was a recipient of the Jean Fairfax Academic scholarship and graduated with honors. On campus, Emily was involved in Impact Dance, a student-organized dance group that performs every semester, and she was a tour guide for prospective students. She was also involved in Dance Marathon, a non-profit organization that raises money to support pediatric rehabilitation programs at local hospitals. During her junior year, Emily studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her free time, she loves to read, kayak on Lake Michigan and dance around her dorm room.
In 2016, Emily led Language & Service Costa Rica. She writes, “Overland provides students with opportunities to grow, challenge themselves and make life long friends in some of the world’s most beautiful settings.”