New Geography Intern: Meet Julia Guard

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Hello! Hej! Dumella Rah! Vaturak! Mingalarba! Olá!* to all the great readers of My Wonderful World!

My name is Julia Guard and I am one of the newest additions to the National Geographic Society.  I hail from Lawrence, Kansas where I studied geography and business at the University of Kansas. I have recently moved to Washington D.C. to commence my fall internship with the National Geographic Society, Education working in Public Engagement.  My journey to National Geographic begins with my ever-present interest in travel, and the itching sensation I feel to personally contextualize anything I am ignorant of in this (wonderful) world.  My favorite form of self-education is getting up and moving around!  Thus, I have spent much of my free time racking up destinations such as: Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.  Whether it is a new country, a new face, or even a new idea, I maintain to be adaptive and open-minded in the name of continuing my education and strengthening my connection to mankind.

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On paper, I am a human geographer as I recently completed an undergraduate honors thesis focused on how HIV is a function of multidimensional movement patterns throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. In practice, I am a physical geographer as I spent several months as a research assistant at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets where I processed data sets and produced topographical maps of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. In person, and most importantly, I am travel junkie, a marathon runner, a huge novel aficionado, and an available resource to any My Wonderful World reader. I hope to fill the shoes of all the great interns that have come before me, and to bring you a fresh, entertaining, and genuine perspective of modern geography.

*The “hellos!” above are from the following languages: American English. Danish. Tswana. Aborigine. Burmese. Brazilian Portuguese.  Although, I can only continue a conversation in one of languages listed above, I am working in a field where learning to understand people across numerous cultural barriers is a challenging yet inspiring part of my job.  I intend to keep the conversation going!

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