Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota
College: Carleton College
As a Spanish major, I studied abroad in the capital cities of both Peru and Spain, where I enjoyed language immersion while living with host families.
While in Lima, I volunteered with an organization called La Casa de Panchita, which provides classes and workshops to adult domestic workers and their families. Hailing from Roseville, Minnesota, I am a 2015 graduate of Carleton College. During the summers and on breaks, I returned to my hometown to work full-time at a day program for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. At Carleton, I was involved with the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), an office that focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, allyship and sexual violence prevention. After working as a Resident Assistant for two years, I began to work for the GSC, a position that combined her interest in gender and sexuality with her passion for peer education. I was a member of the women’s hockey team and women’s rugby team for all four years, serving as a captain for the rugby team during my senior year. Since graduating from Carleton, I have been living in Spain, working towards fluency in Spanish in hopes that I will be able to use it in future jobs in the U.S. When I am not teaching English classes in Madrid, I can be found having a blast on the rugby pitch with my team, Arquitectura. I enjoy reading, cooking, listening to hip-hop music (attending live shows when I can) and finding dogs to pet.
In 2015, I led Language and Service Costa Rica, and in 2016, I led Language & Hiking Spain. One of my favorite moments from my Spain trip was when we had spent the previous day hiking along the floor of the Ordesa Canyon and up to the hut, and our task for the second day was to finish the steep climb to the top of the canyon and hike out along its edge. It was a cloudy morning, especially so up on the ridge; on our right side, we could clearly see the sharp descent down into the valley below, but on our left side, thick clouds covered the high, rocky terrain. I was at the back of the pack with a few students, hiking at a leisurely pace and enjoying the incredible bird’s eye view of the canyon floor below. Suddenly, out of the fog flew a bearded vulture—known in Spanish as the “quebrantahuesos” or “bone-breaker”—maybe 30 feet away from us. It is an enormous bird, with a wingspan of about eight feet, and unusually beautiful for a vulture. It glided by us slowly, very low to the ground, and then dove straight down into the canyon. Only a handful of the group got to see it—those of us who were near the back—and we could hardly believe how close it had been, how graceful it looked cutting through the clouds. The hikes of the morning and day before were more than worth the exhaustion as they allowed us to appreciate the pure beauty and sheer power of nature. I absolutely treasure the fact that I got to share that moment with my Overland students.