Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

VickeyVickey Benhart

Age: 20
Hometown: Crystal Lake, Illinois
Year: Junior
Major: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration
Minor: Outdoor Leadership
ECOEE Committee: Publications and Promotions

Hobbies: Camping, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Reading, Hiking and Soccer

  Why I decided to go on ECOEE: The first days of classes here as a transfer were the scariest.  I didn’t know where I was going or anything. I am lucky I was sitting in the correct class. During my first class here at Western Illinois University, Jeff came in to my class to discuss ECOEE and showed the class a video. I was somewhat interested at first, but the more and more I heard about it the more I wanted to go. ECOEE seemed like a once and lifetime opportunity and I could not pass it up. Growing up my family went on plenty of vacations from The Rocky Mountains to Nova Scotia. I grew up traveling and always loved it. I absolutely love being outside and thought this would be perfect. I never would have thought I would get the opportunity to learn while traveling. I have always dreamed of doing this, but now that it is becoming a reality I am so excited! As soon as I heard about it I knew it was for me! I’m up for the challenge that ECOEE will present to me.