August marked the beginning of a new school year for thousands of college students across the country and for us, the beginning of our 2016-2017 B.R.O. College Ambassadorship.Meet the fresh meat of the magazine—you’ll be seeing them online and at events throughout the school year, so be sure to give them a fist bump or a bootie beer, whichever is more appropriate.
I grew up on a small farm in Ohio where being outside was a lifestyle, something I took for granted. My brother and I just didn’t have anything better to do. I would have never guessed back then that those early mornings spent crawling through the woods would propel me to become a major outdoor enthusiast. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail when I was eighteen. I was trying to create a precedent for my future choices, to set the bar high early and recognize what I expected of myself. I finished the AT in July and began studying Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech in August of the same year. As Head Trip Leader of the Virginia Tech Outdoor Club, I lead a lot of backpacking trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains and actively encourage new folks to try their hand in the great outdoors.
I hail from the aptly named town of Oakton, Va., (we’ve got a lot of trees for a suburban area). I’m a first year student at the University of Virginia and could not be happier about it. Although I am completely undecided about my major, UVA has a great liberal arts program that I’m taking full advantage of. My favorite place to be is outside, especially in the woods, and my favorite thing to do is walk, ideally through the woods. I cannot say I’m a very well-rounded outdoorswoman, so it is a goal of mine to expand my outdoors experience through a breadth of activities. A few of my other pastimes are reading, journaling, and spending quality time with my family. I’m thrilled to be able to work with a brand that will help me develop both my passions and professional skills.