Looking Back and Paddling Forward: Rediscovering My Love for the Boundary Waters

The first time I was in a canoe in the Boundary Waters wilderness was in 2000. I was 5 years old. My younger brother, Justin, only 3 years old, and I sat in the middle of the canoe while our parents paddled us to camp. We felt like marshmallows in our life jackets with baseball … Continue reading Looking Back and Paddling Forward: Rediscovering My Love for the Boundary Waters

Life as a Virtual Grad Student

By the time I graduate come August, my entire 15-month graduate program will have been eclipsed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Do I mourn for the experience that I dreamt of for two years leading up to the start of my program? Of course I do. Do I regret starting my program in June 2020, despite knowing that most of it would be virtual? Not for a second.