My Name is Mason Boomgarden. I have grown up and currently live in Mankato, MN. I grew up in Scouting and going on camping trips every other weekend. I have always loved the outdoors and have spent most of my adult life building up to a job with the DNR or Forest Service. The first time I went camping was with my family at 4 months old. My military service in the Army National Guard was very useful. I was only deployed once to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a corrections officer. I will graduate from college after this internship as it is the last requirement I need to fulfill for my degree. The biggest reason I applied for this internship was to satisfy my last college requirement. Needing an internship and that leading me to find Mt. Adams institute was one of the best things college has done for me. This will allow me to start my career working in the outdoors. I am looking forward to living in Alaska and being so close to that much wild space.