In an attempt to spend as much time as possible outside while receiving a PhD, I've been attending the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for the past two years. After Stanford graduation, I spent a summer working in the Yosemite Museum while running valley trails, climbing granite, and swimming in the Merced River. In the fall I returned to university life in a new capacity as the head men's and women's varsity cross country coach at UC Merced. We competed in the Cal Pac Conference, and we even had a few runners compete in national competitions. However, I knew I couldn't stay out of true academia forever and decided to pursue a degree in Psychology (and surfing) at UC Santa Cruz. I received a Masters in 2015, and now study various aspects of attention as they apply to technology, driving, and even nature in the mountains of SLC. Initially, I was worried about the conservative culture and lack of trees, but after two years of skiing, hunting, and running trails this might be my favorite major city in America.