Growing up in Arizona, between the dry cities of Nogales and Tucson, I gained a profound appreciation for the monsoon rains which swept into town – I’d jump in the puddles and pools of water, kick at the streams which rushed down the road, into the gutters. That appreciation grew from a seed of want, a pervasive familiarity of water’s scarcity in our desert towns; the monsoons were special because they offered an otherwise distant relief to our water woes. I distinctly remember throughout childhood in Nogales, times of shortage and water rationing. I distinctly remember being scared. Despite my wrought reverence for water, my career did not begin there. Instead, many jobs preceded this one, including: a corporate climb to an Account Executive for a local magazine, a four-year career with The Arizona Republic, a career shift to become a Correctional/Mental Health Officer with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and a stint as a Spanish Interpreter. Something still called out to me throughout these careers. The whispers of distant monsoon winds and fuzzy images of rainy streets in Nogales stuck relentlessly to the back of my mind – I needed a job revolving around the environment. So I came back to school. My determination, cemented from years in the workforce, my diligence in volunteering and in previous criminal justice and education classes, prepared me for this pursuit. Here, at the University of Arizona, I’ve been given the opportunity to really excel and discover my interests, not least of all, is the opportunity presented by working with Arizona Project WET which broadens my background in water issues and conservation daily. Overall, my unusual path to college has provided me incredibly unique experiences and an unconventional outlook on challenges; Using these skills, I know I can be a strong environmental activist and a caring water educator able to reach the children of Arizona.