Take a Hike!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Kaely Montgomery and I feel incredibly fortunate to say that I will be participating in the Yellowstone Field Study Program this summer. The second I discovered this program my heart was set. I knew I had to find a way to make it happen. I am so grateful to have this opportunity!

A little about myself, I was born just outside of Pittsburgh but grew up in Akron, Ohio alongside my parents and two siblings. I have always had a heart for the city of Pittsburgh so when it came to choosing a college, the University of Pittsburgh was my first choice. I am currently a sophomore in the College of Business Administration. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and am thoroughly loving my courses. I was drawn to a career in Marketing because I love using my creative, artistic abilities. I desire a career where I can be creative and strategic at the same time and I believe I can accomplish that in marketing. For now, my goal is to gain as much experience outside of the classroom as I can. I believe these experiences will help me to discover what I would like to do with my marketing degree. I am trying to keep an open mind and be open to new experiences!

While my study away program may not have a direct connection to my major, I believe I will be able to develop knowledge that will be useful in my career some day. The trip is a four week long stay in Yellowstone National Park, one of America’s greatest gems. We will be taking daily hikes, studying the environment and how people interact with it. We will study how the area’s natural resources are being utilized and any ethical concerns that are present. I believe that as a future business professional, it is essential to be knowledgeable on the impact of businesses on our environment and how we can do our best to protect it. Having the opportunity to learn about such sacred regions of our country up close will allow me to have a better understanding of the issues they face. As future business leaders, I believe we have a responsibility to preserve the environment.

Needless to say, I chose this program because I want to experience the beauty and the magnificence of this region. Wyoming has an array of breath taking views of the Rockies, famous geysers, crystal blue alpine lakes, and fields of wildflowers. Not to mention the abundance of wildlife including bear, moose, wolves, coyotes, and bald eagles (just to name a few). I also chose this trip because I want to use my passion for the outdoors in my career some day. My dream is to find a way in which I can converge my love for marketing with my love for nature. I believe expanding my knowledge in environmental sustainability will allow me to have a career that acknowledges the two.

I am absolutely ecstatic that I will be visiting Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons National Park this summer. It feels like a dream! Is it too soon to start packing?