The collage I created combines my many sources of inspiration and how they fit together. Continue reading
My name is Thien-Kim, and my first name for short is Kim while others call me by my nicknames such as Kimmy, TK, Kimberly, Kim Possy, Kim Possible, and Kim the Slim. Continue reading
Hi IMBY, my name is Eliana, and I’m so happy to be here! To tell my story for this week at IMBY, I created a collage to represent myself. Continue reading
Hello there! My name is Colin, and I am currently a rising sophomore. I have a brother and sister who are both younger than me. They both drive me equally as crazy, but as my mother always likes to say, ‘You don’t have to like your siblings, but you do have to love them’.
Read up on Olivia as she shares about her farm, her love of music, and spending time outdoors!
We are SO excited to invite you to our special event for ‘A Place at the Park’, an exhibit that expresses 2019 In My Backyard interns’ ideal national parks!
When I first heard about the In My Backyard program, I was instantly intrigued. It seemed like the perfect balance of youth development and environmental stewardship, two of my greatest interests. When I was asked to interview for a Mentor position, I was excited but equally nervous. The program seemed like a fantastic opportunity to work with a passionate group of people who were working hard to inspire the next generation of stewards, and I wanted to be part of that.
Four years ago, everyone I knew thought I was bound for law school after I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree—I even thought that for myself. Three years ago, I knew I was going to law school. It was my one goal, the one thing I had figured out about my life for certain. I wanted to become a lawyer who defends people who are wrongfully accused of crimes and put on death row. Two years ago, I knew I would go to law school to become an environmental lawyer. One year ago, the thought of law school made me sick to my stomach. Presently, I know I will not be going to law school any time soon. One month from now, my time with In My Backyard will be wrapping up, I will no longer work in the legal field, and I will be starting a new job with the U.S. Forest Service.
As I walk through new experiences in my life, I continue to learn more about the world, about others, and about myself. This summer, I had no idea just how much I would learn from being an In My Backyard Mentor.