Could you tell us a little about your career and education path?
It was definitely non-linear, but it worked out perfectly for me in the end. I’ve always loved art and science, and I initially chose the science route for my undergraduate career as a molecular biology major. After realizing how much I disliked chemistry, I switched to a zoology major so I could keep all of my bio credits but not take any more o-chem. I took a few courses in geography, and decided to pick up a double major in it just for fun, since I could still graduate in 3.5 years. And then I took a GIS class, and I was hooked. I had no idea that this whole realm of spatial science really existed, and better yet, that cartography was a very viable career that could combine my passions for art and science. I knew I wanted to try to work with public health applications of mapping, so my job at the CDC is an absolute dream come true.