Crawdads. Little lake dwellers skittering beneath rocks, barely cognizant of anything beyond their tiny pebble hideouts; after years of experience, I’m the best dang crawdad fisher in all of Arizona. There’s an innate idyllic nature in all of it. Anyone can party and barbeque at the lake – but to fully respect and become enraptured by the grandeur of placid desert waters, that’s different. Sitting barefoot around Lake Pleasant with my family, I knew I’d find no greater happiness than working with water and preserving these lakes and ecosystems for all the future, wide-eyed explorers. I began my undergraduate career at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2016 in pursuit of a Natural Resources degree, with an emphasis in Ecohydrology and Watershed Management. Despite having visited Louisiana bayous and coastal towns all across the New England, my focus has always been on Arizona’s very own water systems and the unique qualities afforded to us within our Sonoran Desert backdrop. I have little formal experience in this field, but what I lack in experience, I compensate tenfold with my eagerness and willingness to learn everything I can about our water. As the Student Administrative Assistant for our team, I’m given the opportunity to expand my natural resources focus to the implementation of water education through APW programming. I’m looking forward to learning more about this little blue-green marble we call home.