The genesis of my interest in geography has stemmed from my interest in maps. I have always been fascinated in how places and phenomena in the world are distributed, and how they could possibly interact with each other. I took a considerable interest in maps at an early age, and I always studied the locations of numerous places and the easiest way to get to those locations. As a result, I knew from the start that I wanted to be a geographer when I grew up.
I first learned of Geographic Information Systems in Ninth Grade, when my teacher brought me on a field trip to learn about GIS. Realizing that this was the primary mapmaking method being used, my goal was to become a GIS major once I became an undergrad.
While I took a GIS class at Finger Lakes Community College, the lack of a formal GIS program at the school led me to Binghamton University to become a Geography major. It was at Binghamton where I mastered utilizing ArcGIS programs, including ArcMap and Business Analyst. A key strength I gained at this time was utilizing data gained from the US Census Bureau, as well as American Community Survey data. I also utilized numerous other programs for different classes, including Geolytics, PUMS Data, and IDRISI.
Since I arrived at the University at Buffalo, I have learned a host of new programs and skills. In addition to the skills I learned in this class about utilizing HTML and CSS, as well as creating maps in Leaflet, I have also learned how to program in SQL and to utilize BioMedware's SpaceStat program to perform space-time cluster analyses.
I have achieved numerous key academic accomplishments over the years. In high school I was named a member of the National Honor Society, and in college I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.75 GPA. I was named a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon as a Junior, and during my Senior year I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa.
When I am not studying geography, I have been involved in a wide number of extracurricular activities. Some of my key activities have involved basketball. I played for my school's basketball team, and I have been involved with both the Binghamton and Buffalo Women's Basketball teams as a manager. After a stint as the host of the wlidly successful WHRW music show The Maladroit Renaissance at Binghamton, I continue to DJ with WRUB at Buffalo. Finally, I am currently an official for basketball intramurals at Buffalo.