Certifications: A, C, D, E, F, G, Em, and Am chords on guitar, and some bar chords
Areas of Expertise: Backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking
Hobbies/Interests: Running, gettin' swole, listening to music
Benji is from Jefferson, a small farming town in the mountains of western Maryland, and grew up hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and tending the fields. When he was a teenager he decided to go west with only four oxen, his wagon, two horses, and enough supplies to make it across the vast United States on the Oregon Trail. He made it to Baltimore-Washington International Airport before abandoning his quest.
Benji has spent many of his past summers enjoying the great outdoors; as an adolescent, he spent a week every summer hiking, canoeing, or biking in the area around his home. His fondest memories of the outdoors come from hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch, a 215-square-mile reservation in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico, for extended trips of up to three weeks. In the summer of 2013, he worked at Philmont for the summer at a backcountry camp. There, he lived in a tent, shared a small wood cabin with five other staffers, goofed off, cooked, took scouts on a ropes course, and scared campers on a daily basis. This past semester, he studied in Buenos Aires and learned how to be a chabuyero, occasionally going to class.
Now, Benji is a Junior studying International Relations and Economics. You might see him at Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, various Trojan Scholars Society events, USC Hillel, or other activities that he is involved in. Maybe even in class.