Ben was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri deep in the Midwest. Despite the common misconception that the entire state is entirely flat like Iowa, he found adventure while exploring the Ozark Mountains by foot, mountain bike and kayak. In 5th grade, a combination of Boy Scouts and a cross-country road trip to Oregon and back got Ben hooked on exploring national parks and going on long adventures. Years later, Ben found himself planning another cross country trip, but to Los Angeles. Since arriving at USC, he has busied himself by designing his own major based on natural resource management and GIS mapping, exploring mountains no less than 7 times higher than Missouri’s high point and being amazed by the size of the ocean (much larger than any watering hole in Missouri). He splits his free time between planning the next trip and his next Instagram post.