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Elizabeth
Etzkorn
Languages: 
English
April, 1993
Bio: 
Once upon a time, I wanted to be a science teacher and change the way young minds engaged in biological concepts. As I progressed in my studies, and started discovering who I was and how I operate as an individual I became very passionate about alternative learning styles once I figured out that I personally learn best with hands on and visual activites. I yearned for an innovative way to engage students OUTSIDE of the classroom because, after all, Biology is happening all around us! Being submersed in the American Collegiate system I thought the solution would be to also study wildlife in addition to obtaining my teaching certification in order to incorporate alternative learning environments. With a special place in my heart for marine life, I began to research aquariums and what the necessary steps towards creating an aquatic based alternative learning center would be. So I rounded up a team of board members, we even began forming a 501(c)3 to make my dream a reality. Well, like most young adults, my plans did not pan out as I had hoped. After a few unfortunate mishaps my focus and motivation started to diminish. (Unaware at the time) I was struggling with various symptoms of PTSD and soon became disengaged in the classroom, and desperately needed to reevaluate my life path. Despite the setbacks and struggles I was still passionate about biology and was curious as to how I could still study life and various environments as I worked through my condition. Which is why I opted to begin my own biology education by studying the life around me. I embarked on a hitch hiking journey with just myself and my service dog, traveling across America for a few months on a journey of self discovery and healing. Taking that step was HUGE for me. As someone who previously rarely left the house because of my symptoms, successfully maneuvering my way through the States reassured me that I am still capable, and I still can make my dreams into reality. Eventually I ended up in Montana, where I was humbled by the beauty of the world we live in. After seeing such majesty in my own country I realized there is still so much more to learn! My current goals include finding innovative ways to become involved in communities across the globe, to further my own education on the 'study of life', as well as encourage the education of those I interact with along the way!
Volunteering Experience: 
I've been volunteering ever since I was old enough to be involved. My first official volunteer experience began when I was 14 years old. Every year I attended a summer camp in my home town and became close with the staff and well versed in the program, eventually securing my spot as a volunteer when I became of age. After that kind of involvement I continued to help out my community in any way I could. I was an active member of my youth group, participating in mission camps for rehabilitating neighborhoods in need. Throughout high school I was involved in student government, constantly volunteering my time as class president for district and community events throughout the school year. In college I became a member of my local Jaycees (junior chamber of commerce) organization, contributing to community improvement in my spare time. To expand my business management and marketing skills I interned with a local business and was in charge of creation and distribution of email newsletters, assisted in web design and maintained social media updates, all in addition to the unpaid marketing work I performed for my regular job at a local restaurant because of my passion for local business and community engagement. My summer hitch hiking experience was fueled by volunteering on organic farms in attempt to educate myself on various farming practices while contributing to a sustainable cause. Currently, I'm interested in creating natural medicines and will be using my free time to research and experiment with the production of essential oils, salves, tinctures, etc.
Education: 
Three years of a double major (Biology Education/Wildlife Management & Ecology)
Occupation: 
Saute Chef and Herbalist student
Other Skills: 
Hulahooping! A meditative way to excersize, as well as develop hand-eye coordination.
I'm currently studying how to create essential oils and other natural medicines
Elizabeth Etzkorn
Saint Louis
United States
Languages:
English
April, 1993
Description
Once upon a time, I wanted to be a science teacher and change the way young minds engaged in biological concepts. As I progressed in my studies, and started discovering who I was and how I operate as an individual I became very passionate about alternative learning styles once I figured out that I personally learn best with hands on and visual activites. I yearned for an innovative way to engage students OUTSIDE of the classroom because, after all, Biology is happening all around us! Being submersed in the American Collegiate system I thought the solution would be to also study wildlife in addition to obtaining my teaching certification in order to incorporate alternative learning environments. With a special place in my heart for marine life, I began to research aquariums and what the necessary steps towards creating an aquatic based alternative learning center would be. So I rounded up a team of board members, we even began forming a 501(c)3 to make my dream a reality. Well, like most young adults, my plans did not pan out as I had hoped. After a few unfortunate mishaps my focus and motivation started to diminish. (Unaware at the time) I was struggling with various symptoms of PTSD and soon became disengaged in the classroom, and desperately needed to reevaluate my life path. Despite the setbacks and struggles I was still passionate about biology and was curious as to how I could still study life and various environments as I worked through my condition. Which is why I opted to begin my own biology education by studying the life around me. I embarked on a hitch hiking journey with just myself and my service dog, traveling across America for a few months on a journey of self discovery and healing. Taking that step was HUGE for me. As someone who previously rarely left the house because of my symptoms, successfully maneuvering my way through the States reassured me that I am still capable, and I still can make my dreams into reality. Eventually I ended up in Montana, where I was humbled by the beauty of the world we live in. After seeing such majesty in my own country I realized there is still so much more to learn! My current goals include finding innovative ways to become involved in communities across the globe, to further my own education on the 'study of life', as well as encourage the education of those I interact with along the way!
Volunteering Experience
I've been volunteering ever since I was old enough to be involved. My first official volunteer experience began when I was 14 years old. Every year I attended a summer camp in my home town and became close with the staff and well versed in the program, eventually securing my spot as a volunteer when I became of age. After that kind of involvement I continued to help out my community in any way I could. I was an active member of my youth group, participating in mission camps for rehabilitating neighborhoods in need. Throughout high school I was involved in student government, constantly volunteering my time as class president for district and community events throughout the school year. In college I became a member of my local Jaycees (junior chamber of commerce) organization, contributing to community improvement in my spare time. To expand my business management and marketing skills I interned with a local business and was in charge of creation and distribution of email newsletters, assisted in web design and maintained social media updates, all in addition to the unpaid marketing work I performed for my regular job at a local restaurant because of my passion for local business and community engagement. My summer hitch hiking experience was fueled by volunteering on organic farms in attempt to educate myself on various farming practices while contributing to a sustainable cause. Currently, I'm interested in creating natural medicines and will be using my free time to research and experiment with the production of essential oils, salves, tinctures, etc.
Education
Three years of a double major (Biology Education/Wildlife Management & Ecology)
Occupation
Saute Chef and Herbalist student
Other Skills
Hulahooping! A meditative way to excersize, as well as develop hand-eye coordination., I'm currently studying how to create essential oils and other natural medicines
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