A stands for adventure

Andrew Jon Olnes.  That is my name.  Up until the first grade I went by Andrew but in my first grade class there were six different Andrew’s.  I went home during the first week and told my mom that I am going by A.J. and she said ok.

Growing up in Nebraska and traveling on family vacations I learned to love nature and really found a lot of my passions in the outdoors.  From sports to Boy Scouts I was constantly outside.  I also grew up with a camera either pointing right at me or one in my hand.  Hiking, biking, boating, and climbing… you name it we did it as a family.  I have too many photographs of myself growing up due to my parent’s exceptional photography skills and now I have the same passion they do.  This past summer we went to Alaska as a family and it was truly a photographer’s paradise.

Prairie Dog in Alaska
Prairie Dog in Alaska

With my upbringing and my involvement in my high school’s TV and film class I felt that this backpack journalism trip would be a blast and one where I would learn a lot.  I am planning on majoring in business with a minor in theology.  I would like to teach theology someday so this journalism/theology adventure is right up my alley.

It was by happenstance that I met Carol while we were working on the Creighton Global Initiative Committee together.  Carol talked about how she leads this backpack journalism adventure and it sounded very exciting.  I had never heard of the program before but the spark she showed while talking about it made me want to be a part of this amazing journey.  I could not be more excited to embark on this journey with my new classmates.  It will be an awesome adventure.

3 thoughts on “A stands for adventure

  1. A.J., I am so glad you were part of the CGI committee, both for your hard work there and because it led you to Backpack Journalism. I love what led you here!

  2. God has a special journey for you and this experience will be part of that. Go with an open mind and enjoy the ride!

  3. It is with gratitude you have received the blessing of this trip. You are a special gift to the world. Be at peace. God loves you.

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