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.
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.