Meet Bryn Keenhold
Bryn is a 2010 graduate of Randolph Union High School, and for the past five years has lived and traveled throughout the United States.
Here is her story:
“After graduating from RUHS I went to St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. St Lawrence is a small, outdoorsy liberal arts college and I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology.”
“After graduating from St. Lawrence I worked at Oregon Caves National Monument in southwest Oregon as a GeoCorps member. I was doing geologic research on the caves and giving cave tours three times a day. After that stint I moved to Texas where I worked at a camp for Dallas area fifth graders as an outdoor educator. Students would come spend the night and we would teach them about environmental awareness and go on hikes. Both jobs were an awesome experience and both helped me land my current job at Cape Cod National Seashore where I work as an Interpretive National Park Ranger. As a Ranger, I present several guided walks throughout the week telling people about every aspect of the Cape. It also allows me to focus on what I love, which is geology! I do not interpret languages, but rather act as the liaison between the scientists and the public. I help people understand what surrounds them in a way that makes sense to them, and that (hopefully) they will remember for the rest of their lives.”
“As a student at RUHS I tried to be as involved as possible in music, sports, student leadership, exchange programs, French, poetry slams and general schooling. While some people can narrow their high school experience down to a few classes they took that had a huge influence on their lives, I most certainly am not one of them. For me, everything I experienced at RUHS has contributed to who I am today.”
“Sometimes I host campfire programs where we sing songs and encourage kids to get involved! (thanks Mr. Stumpff); sometimes I work outside leading hikes in all kinds of weather, which requires me to make sure I stay in shape (thanks sport coaches); sometimes I speak with visitors from Montreal (and France!) who appreciate a tour guide who can speak their language (thanks Mme Westbrook); and even though I studied science in college, English was probably one of the most important classes I took in high school because it taught me the two things that are necessary at both a liberal arts school and in the ‘real world' - how to write, and how to speak. These two qualities are at the center of every job I have held. Nobody wants to learn from someone who has horrible public speaking skills or who has a boring program with no beginning, middle or end! (thanks English, and science teachers!).
“This fall I will be working up in Truro (also on Cape Cod) doing Outdoor Education for 5th graders, and next summer I plan to come back to the National Seashore. Other than that, there are no set plans for the future, but I’m sure something will come up!”
“To anyone entering high school, my words of advice to you are this: get involved, and try not to worry too much about the daunting future! I wouldn’t be where I am today without having such a diverse background that I can pull from, almost everyday. As long as you have multiple “tools in your belt,” there is no need to worry about the future or what you want to do when you grow up. People in hiring positions (trust me because I have been in one) are looking for diverse people who they can throw into any situation, and who they know will excel. (Thanks RUHS!)"