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Hey everybody! My name is Madeleine and I’m excited to spend the next few months together. This program found me when my fall semester got canceled and I was in the midst of reading ‘Cadillac Desert’, a book about irrigation and water rights in the Southwest. Conservation and policy are my central academic interests; the Colorado River Basin Semester seemed to synthesize the two in a really cool way, while also opening a door to the West, a wholly new part of the country for me. I’m eager to learn about agriculture and environmental stewardship in the Sun Belt.

I’m from Boston, but I grew up spending most of my free time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’ve ski raced since I was a kid, and when the snow melts, I like following the AT via day hikes along the Kancamagus Highway. In the summers, I work as a lifeguard and kayaking instructor at an overnight camp on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. In addition to the outdoors, I like movies, powerlifting, listening to music by Maggie Rogers, and Baja Blasts.

My favorite piece of writing is this excerpt from Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods”:

“You have no engagements, commitments, obligations, or duties; no special ambitions and only the smallest, least complicated of wants; you exist in a tranquil tedium, serenely beyond the reach of exasperation, “far removed from the seats of strife,” as the early explorer and botanist William Bartram put it. All that is required of you is a willingness to trudge.”