Where I grew up... if you lived here you'd want to get out and travel the world too!

With my dad’s subscription to the National Geographic magazine at my disposal growing up, I explored the exciting and exotic unknown from the safety of my snow fort in the front yard.

That’s right, I grew up in the state of 10k lakes.   The place where ‘Minnesota Nice’ is not just a myth outsiders could only dream about, where the winters make you appreciate the beauty of the other three seasons and also keep out the “riff-raff” who can’t handle -20 degrees.

I am a recent graduate from a small liberal arts college located “behind the pine curtain.”  It was an incredible place filled with ‘Johnnies’ who gave up their seats on the bus to ‘Bennies,’ where everyone holds open doors no matter how far away a person is and is a truly remarkable place.  I graduated with a bachelors degree in Communication, and was short one class for a degree in Fine Arts.

Saqqara, Egypt 2008

While in my undergraduate, I traveled throughout Europe (Italy, Germany, Ireland, Holland) and spent time in the Middle East (Egypt, Israel & West Bank).  My next big adventure?  Doing research  in Katmandu, Nepal and teaching at the Nischey Girl’s School as part of the Neerja Modi school in Jaipur, India.  It is a free school for the girls of the lowest caste who would not otherwise get an education.

After that, well, you’ll just have to take a look at my bucket list!


5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey,

    Who are you? Not sure how I can’t across your blog but I’m super impressed! I’m a Johnnie in my last year and am studying abroad in India. In 2011I did the same in China. Nothing like exploring the unknown!

    • Hi Zach! What a small world (as you probably figured out from traveling!). I’m a 2010 graduate of CSB, now working in advertising in Mpls. Best of luck in your last year, it goes by too fast.

      • Awesome! that’s the year i came into SJU but I spend the previous 4 years just up the hill at St. John’s Prep.
        Glad to meet a fellow Bennie traveler!

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