I am starting my Masters of Geology at the University of Calgary, under the supervision of Stephen Hubbard. Recently, I completed an Earth Science Major at the University of Victoria in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. This well-rounded degree was very valuable to me and also inspired me to seek to further my knowledge about sedimentary systems, basin development and larger tectonic processes. While I started paying for my university by doing forestry work, I also received an NSERC grant to work in a marine geochemistry lab, worked as a summer student in a biogeochemistry facility, completed a co-op work term with the GSC marine geosciences group, worked as summer student geologist for EnCana, and worked for the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources. Through these jobs I have gained practical skills and knowledge related to remote field work, aqueous chemistry, geochemistry, geophysics, petrophysics, and, of course, sedimentary geology.