As a child, the continental divide was not more than a stone’s throw away from the place I call home. For my first eight years of life in Alma, Colorado, it was easy to take for granted the freshness in the mountains, the drinkable water, and the excitement of a sudden pattering on the roof from the summer rain. Since then, much of my life experiences have taken place in Eastern Europe and Asia, as my parents were international elementary teachers. After graduating from high school in Ukraine, I lived in Vancouver, Canada for 6 years where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia before finally returning home. With influences from the many places that have shaped my life and the unraveling lessons from my studies and experiences, it is clear that water is something that inevitably holds the world together. I am excited to be a part of the 2022-23 Colorado Water Fellowship to learn with and from agricultural peers, to be able to communicate to others the context of Colorado’s water, and to continue supporting our local food systems. In my free time, I enjoy writing, singing, being in the mountains, and spending time with family and friends.