Emily Higgins

Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois
College: University of Michigan

As an Overland student, I participated in the Blue Ridge Explorer, Yellowstone Teton Explorer, and Language & Service Costa Rica.

Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a dual degree in biopsychology and Spanish. I was a recipient of the Jean Fairfax Academic scholarship and graduated with honors. As a proud Wolverine, I was a tour guide and loved showing prospective students around campus. I was involved in Impact Dance, a student-organized dance group that performed every semester, as well as Dance Marathon, a non-profit organization that raises money to support pediatric rehabilitation programs at local hospitals. I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I took classes at the local university, taught English to low-income students and ate countless empanadas. Since graduating, I have been living and working in Breckenridge Colorado. I work in adaptive recreational therapy leading outdoor programs and ski lessons for those with cognitive and physical disabilities. One of my biggest accomplishments has been guiding a man with no sight up a 14,000-foot peak.

In 2016 and 2017, I led Language & Service Costa Rica; in 2018, Field Studies Patagonia; and in 2019, I supported trips in the field. I love leading for Overland because the trips provide students with opportunities to grow, challenge themselves and make lifelong friends in the world’s most beautiful settings.