Meet Deanna

Hey everyone! I’m the oldest (and obviously, wisest) sister. Okay, I’m definitely the oldest sister; I’m 25 years old. I was born in 1993, the year of Jurassic Park. I love hiking, reading, writing, and doing science. I like a whole lot of other things too, but those four are what most define me.

In December 2017, I received my Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Arkansas. It took me five-and-a-half years, start to finish, due in part to changing majors two years in, and also because I was struggling with chronic depression.

After a semester off trying to figure out what to do next, I started graduate school in August 2018. I’m working towards a Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, also at the University of Arkansas. My thesis work is hydrology-oriented, focusing on flood risk. As of May 2019, I’m halfway through with my master’s degree! Just one more year to go!

On May 19, 2019, I married the love of my life, Daniel.

Daniel is finishing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and then he’ll be commissioned as an officer in the Air Force. The early years of our marriage will consist of changing bases approximately every two years, with bases all over the world for us to choose from. Fortunately, his first base is close to home, so the transition into military life will be fairly easy.

Winona Ryder as Jo in Little Women (Columbia Pictures, 1994), and Maya Hawke as Jo in Little Women (Masterpiece, 2018).

Which of Louisa May Alcott’s famous Little Women am I most like? Since I’m a writer, adventurous, and outspoken, I consider myself to be like Jo. But I think I have elements of Beth as well – I value being home, and sometimes I struggle to socialize in large groups.

I could definitely be described as the most fiery of the four of us 21st Century Little Women. Knowledge is my weapon of choice, and I wield it with finesse. But I have to be careful – caring about so much can be exhausting, which leads me to this Edward Abbey quote.

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” 

― Edward Abbey

So in my pursuit of making the world a better place for those of us already here, and for those of us yet to come, it’s good to remember that I should take the time to enjoy it as well.

Happy trails!

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