My STEP project focused on hiking the entirety of the 2,190.9-mile Appalachian Trail (A.T.) solo in the spring of 2018. The planning and preparation phases of the trip lasted two months, with the actual hiking portion of my experience contributing an additional four-and-a-half months to my project timeline. Hiking the A.T. was a goal of mine after completing Vermont’s 275 mile Long Trail before my freshman year of college, and I thought this trek would be a great way of demonstrating how valuable skills like persistence, resilience, and adaptability can be developed in unconventional settings. I expect these skills to transcend the trail and serve to enhance my personal and professional life.
STEP Category: Leadership
Academic Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability
The Ohio State University Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)