I don’t say that in a negative way. Lawrence certainly served as a stepping-stone to shiny new adventures. Heck, “getting out of dodge” by way of Lawrence was once a big dream in and of itself. Just the other day I dusted off the yearbooks as I packed them away for my next adventure. Even before I left Lawrence, I had gone west – to Nevada. Not long after graduation I moved to Las Vegas to work for the Forest Service – yes, there are mountains and trees close to Sin City. Somehow I got mixed up in wildland firefighting and archaeology… anthropology degrees do come in handy! Right before the dawn of the 21st century, I began to question how saving the forests was really benefiting people. Now don’t get me wrong, preserving and renewing our oxygen supply obviously has its benefits, but the silence of the forest couldn’t match my daily interactions with people from all walks of life. My decision to join the Peace Corps was the start of my journey in international development. I never took advantage of living abroad options offered through LU, but my time had finally come to explore the wider world. It all started in Latin America and my true passions began to evolve, never really straying far from where I started, though. While I never considered myself grad school material – and this certainly was reflected in my undergrad GPA – I worked hard to establish myself as a serious student, taking on a $9-per-hour internship at the age of 29 for nine months prior to even applying for school. I was surrounded by incredible critical thinkers who debated our food systems from a policy level right down to the soil. My grad school recognized that I was serious about learning and my work paid off. A little over two years, two fellowships and two countries later, I started off on new adventures just like when I left Lawrence. The destinations were a little further and the work a little more intense: rural poverty in Ghana, post-hurricane recovery in Guatemala and attempts to rebuild shattered livelihoods in Afghanistan. All in all, I have to say that my anthropology degree came in handy in more one ways than one.