Faville Grove Intern 2012

Graduated University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

Current position: Faville Grove Sanctuary Land Steward, Madison Audubon Society (Lake Mills, WI)

Favorite memory of the program: Digging in wetland muck, seeing methane gas released, and running away thinking I was about to die.

Impact of the program on your academic and/or career path: It had an enormous impact and completely changed the trajectory of my life for the better. Before the internship, I had no conception of the wondrous diversity present in my home state. I'm not sure I could have named more than a handful of native plants. I always thought that nature had long ago been removed from southern Wisconsin and replaced with cornfields. I soon became exposed to the treasures I overlooked.

How you used what you learned in the internship in future employment: You could say the knowledge I learned applies a little.