Welcome to Part 2 of our National Geography Awareness Week Story Series in partnership with the National Geographic Society!  We're celebrating this special week by highlighting five innovative young professionals and students who are blazing their own paths in geography.  We'll post a new interview every day this week, so check back often.  On Friday, we'll bring all of our new friends together in a virtual panel discussion.

Lauren Herwehe, Tucson, Arizona

Meet Lauren Herwehe, a 24 year-old globetrotter.  Lauren can tell great stories around the campfire about her adventures in Timbuktu and Tajikistan.  She completed bachelor’s degrees in geography and geology at Penn State and is working on her master’s degree in geography at the University of Arizona. 
Learn about Lauren's Geo Journey in a 5 minute clip.

Claim to Fame:

  • Traveled to 40 countries in less than five years.
  • Can ask for directions in Tajik, Persian, German, Portuguese & Spanish.
  • Interned in Germany & Washington, D.C..
  • Fulbright Scholar and recipient of multiple awards, including “most well-rounded student.” 

Geo Shout Out:

"I have geography to thank for all of my adventures.  It really opened up the world to me and allowed me to do incredible things.  I didn’t actually start traveling until I went to college.  Almost all of the traveling I’ve done was for coursework and research. Geography is about studying people and places; it encourages you to explore the world."

Advice Byte:

"Traveling to so many countries has helped me see that there is more than one “right” way to live life.  Americans tend to keep themselves so busy working, there is no left time for family and friends.  The biggest take-away I gained from other cultures is to make time for people in my life.  It makes me more productive and more creative if I give myself time to reboot."

Zig Zags:

"I’ve been all over the map, literally.  I spent a year in Tajikistan as a Fulbright Scholar studying farmers' access to water.  Before that, I was an intern at the American Geological Institute in Washington, D.C., where I attended congressional hearings and summarized proposed bills for their website.  I was also a Research Assistant with the German Academic Exchange Service.  My job was to test soil samples for a project studying landscape development and climate change."

Stay in Touch:

Silly Snafu:

"Part of my job as an intern at the American Geological Institute was to write about current events.  I was really excited to cover a high-profile event during my short time there.  My big chance came with the BP Oil Spill.  I wrote a great story about it, starting with the sentence, “BP spilled 4.8 billion barrels of water into the Gulf of Mexico.”  No one caught the error and it got published prominently on their website! I’m glad I could provide everyone with a good laugh."
Linked In: www.linkedin.com/pub/lauren-herwehe/28/924/b74

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauren.herwehe

Email: laurenherwehe@gmail.com

Munch on More Stories in this Series:

Part 1
Reed Tomlinson
geo business starter
Part 3
Mike Colosimo
geo business starter
Part 4
Sam Zuhlke
geo educator

Written by Rachel Kornak, GISP, Creative Director & Editor of GeoPivot Magazine.  This story series is brought to you by National Geographic Education in celebration of 2013 National Geography Awareness Week and the 125th birthday of the National Geographic Society. Check out their blog for more exciting geography stories.  Special thanks to Justine Kendall, the Geography Awareness Week Program Coordinator for making this story series possible.


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