KSS lives on within me!

Here's my story and my official science, adventure, fun update:

Science-
Currently I am working towards a master's degree in Agroecology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. One of the reasons I became interested in studying agriculture and food systems is that agricultural systems all around the world are responsible for an incredible amount of land degradation and environmental problems! Many agricultural systems deplete soil quality, water quality, biodiversity - many of the things we learn about at Keystone Science School. The current food system is also responsible for emitting massive amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. It needs to change, and it can change for the better! That's why I'm studying it, and trying to find my place in the 21st century food and farming revolution.

Adventure-
Norway has stolen my heart. I chose to study here for my master's degree as a way to push into my growth zone and extend my comfort zone. It's been an irreplaceable experience to journey through the Norwegian countryside, a beautiful landscape carved by glaciers. I've gone up above the Arctic Circle (and experienced a week-long arctic storm!) and back, meeting lots of new friends along the way. The whole time, I have taken the words of adventurer and educator Willi Unsoeld with me: "Risk is at the heart of all education."

Fun-
Sometimes students get very serious about their life and work. In one way, this is a positive thing, of course! However, it's so important to integrate fun into our lives. Right before I worked at KSS in the summer of 2013, one of my college friends told me that celebration was an essential part of sustainability. It was a revolutionary idea for me at the time. Working at KSS, I saw the celebratory aspect of sustainability come alive. I have come to honor joy and celebration as essential parts of life, and I appreciate that KSS keeps that celebration going, summer after summer, year after year. Rock on, KSS!

KSS lives on within me!