I was born in Southern California and my family immediately moved to England, where we owned and operated The Labouring Man, a small pub in a rural village. After 12 years of hard work, my family decided to return to the States and I completed high school in Temecula, California, and then attended UC San Diego for my undergraduate degree in communication. Immediately after, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the small island of BoaVista in Cape Verde as a 7th grade English teacher. This experience, as it is for many, was the most formative time in my life as it opened my eyes to the possibilities this world has to offer, and sparked an interest in the international sphere that I previously didn’t possess. I was lucky enough to travel through 15 different African countries directly after my service, and upon my return to San Diego, I worked at a restaurant and managed to spend a large part of a year in Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador before I started the spring semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.