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My name is Rebekah Smith and I was born and raised near the Appalachian mountain chain of Pennsylvania. I grew up hiking the Appalachian trail and learning about native plants and wildlife from my father who is a naturalist by hobby. In May 2018, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Susquehanna University with a double major in Biology and Creative Writing. For the past year, I’ve been a conservation education intern at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and have been working on finalizing a farmland raptor habitat study for publication with their director of science and long-term monitoring. I have worked as a copy-editing intern for the Journal of Mammalogy, a veterinary assistant in my hometown, and as the leading coordinator for a TNR program at my undergraduate University. I have also studied animal science at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. I hope to use my bachelor’s degree to bridge the communication gap between science and the rest of the world, especially regarding wildlife conservation. I was attracted to the MCM program due to its diversity and ability to combine fields of expertise to produce medical professionals that are well equipped to approach the many elements of the quickly evolving and broad field of natural resource conservation. After completing my master’s, I intend to embark on a dual DVM-PhD program and eventually become a conservation medicine professional working directly with wildlife medicine in the field. I will be bringing my two cats, who are siblings, my 2-year-old Siberian husky elkhound mix, and my Chilean rose hair Tarantula with me on my adventure to central Massachusetts.