This week we’re happy to introduce another valuable member of our intern team, Grace Groeger! Grace is a senior at Slippery Rock University majoring in Public Relations.
1. What are you currently up to outside of Venture Outdoors?
Outside of Venture Outdoors, I’m currently on the big girl job hunt. It’s a scary place out there, but being able to see all the possibilities is so eye opening. Besides that I am preparing myself for a snowy winter to get out and snowboard.
2. What brought you to Venture Outdoors?
I came across Venture Outdoors just trolling through Indeed one day. I looked up the organization, saw what they do, it was like “that’s something I need to become a part of. “
3. What is your favorite thing about interning at Venture Outdoors?
My favorite thing about interning at Venture Outdoors is that I have an amazing advisor! Jess is amazing at giving me advice and guidance to help me grow as a communication professional.
4. Top 3 favorite outdoor activities?
My top three favorite outdoor activities would be: 1) visiting national parks. I have made it a life-long goal to visit every national park around the world before I die. So far I’m off to a pretty good start. 2) I love to go and be by the water. Growing up by the beach has made me have a huge appreciation for the water. 3) If you haven’t caught on by now, I love to snowboard. For someone who hates being cold as much as I do, there is just something about being on the mountain that gets my blood rushing.
5. Top 3 things we wouldn’t know about you by looking at you?
This is a hard one because most people say I’m an open book. I guess I would start with: 1) I hate wearing shoes. If it was acceptable to go through life in just some super fluffy socks I would be so happy. 2) I love condiments. I know it’s strange but if you open up my refrigerator it is filled to the brim with all sorts of condiments. 3) Lastly, I love down time. Most people who know me don’t know how I even have time to sleep since I’m always on the go. But every time I have a second to myself I make sure I appreciate it all.
6. Top adventure of your life thus far?
The top adventure of my life so far has to be when I went camping in Arcadia National Park this past summer. It was amazing to actually be outside roughing it in a tent and then going on amazing adventures every day.
7. One person, dead or alive, you’d like to take on a Venture Outdoors outing– and specify what kind!
One person I would love to take on a Venture Outdoors outing is my Mom. We don’t get to spend a lot of time together because we are always so busy, but I feel like an outing would give us some time to relax and spend time together. I think I would take her on a fishing outing because it was something that my Dad would try and drag us out to do with him all the time, so it would bring back so many happy memories.
8. Describe your role at Venture Outdoors in 10 words or less.
I show you guys, our followers, all the amazing things going on at Venture Outdoors.
9. What is the craziest thing you have done?
One of the craziest things I have done so far is cliff jumping when I was at Yosemite National Park.
10. What are your top 3 favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?
My top three favorite things to do in Pittsburgh are: 1) To explore new restaurants. I can never turn down the opportunity to try new food. 2) I also love to ride all the bike trails. You would never think that there so many different types in Pittsburgh until you just get out there and go. 3) Lastly, I love to just walk around and discover new things. Most people are always in a rush in the city, but when you take the time to just explore you find so many hidden gems.
11. What is your favorite forest/camping snack?
My favorite camping snack has to be trail mix. But it has to have chocolate and granola in it!
12. Favorite campfire music?
I’m not much of a music person, I know it’s crazy, so my favorite campfire music isn’t really one song in particular but I really enjoy when someone breaks out their guitar and just starts playing whatever.