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Sage Otto

“I want a career in wilderness medicine.”

In addition to environmental studies, my life at Hollins has been dominated by athletics and the Hollins Outdoor Program (HOP). An aptitude across all these fields has inspired me to explore a future of wilderness medicine. With the flexibility of the Hollins academic system, I was able to create an internship with a regional nonprofit organization, the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, which has helped me find future opportunities with both the outdoor industry and medicine.

My environmental studies major has intertwined beautifully with my interests in obtaining the Hollins Outdoor Leadership Certificate. The experience component for this certification culminated in the Wilderness Institute, 28-day course on wilderness leadership, partnered with Radford College and based out of Pisgah National Forest.