At Fort Lewis College, the anthropology department staff fostered and encouraged in me an academic independence. This has led me to embrace travel to many countries and the tremendous benefits it has brought to my education. After my graduation in 2014 I went on to travel to Romania and do work study research on juvenile remains for Archaeotek. I then moved to volunteer for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii and to work as a funeral director, mortuary assistant and apprentice embalmer there. I later traveled to Scotland where I have now completed my MSc in forensic anthropology at the University of Dundee. Ultimately, I feel fortunate to have had professors like Dr. Dawn Mulhern, who made me adaptable and made me love learning.