“There’s a geography of everything.” This phrase was uttered by a Geography professor at Texas A&M and it was all it took to hook me into the major. As a lover of learning and knowledge, the idea of studying everything through the purview of a major was perfect. I soon went into Geography at Texas A&M University, and minored in English and Geoinformatics, or “GIST.” Before I graduated, I also led the school’s Geography Society for two years, leading my classmates through student-led research projects, attending conferences, and of course, the forever pursuit of the coolest Geography slogan on a T-shirt.
From there, I have moved on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am pursuing my Master’s and PhD in Geography, with a specific focus on health geography, studying Latinx women and their access to healthcare in urban areas, while my husband pursues his DVM at UIUC.
My goal for this blog is to document the joys and frustrations of working in Geography and with GIS to do exactly what I planned when I took over the Geography Society – to help geographers feel more comfortable in their GIS skills by sharing both process and understanding of GIS use.
If you have questions or comments that you would like to share with me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!