Today we meet adventurer-extraordinaire, Aimee Rowe. Learn about how she wended her way from being a humanities major in undergraduate (religious studies with an environmental studies concentration to be specific!) to completing her medical residency today – nearly 15 years later. Aimee’s path is filled with many unusual twists and turns from sailing tall ships on both the Atlantic and Pacific, teaching young students about the wilderness in Maine and water conservation along the Mississippi River, and somewhere along the way deciding that she was meant to be a doctor. And then going for it despite all odds. For anyone whose ever wanted to think beyond the conventional way to get things done, this episode is for you.
“You have to not take things personally, which is hard.” – Aimee Rowe
Resources and Links
- Dr. Ifeoma Ikenze inspired Aimee in her talk on healing
- Learn about the tall ship Aimee worked on after graduating from Kenyon College (where she and Sharon met). She later worked on the Tabor Boy before starting her pre-med studies in San Francisco.
- Here is the article on CSAs in Time Magazine that inspired Aimee to find (and land!) a job farming for a season in Central California
- Here is the farm in Central California where Aimee worked for a season
- Chewonki is the 100-year old environmental education center in Maine where Aimee taught about wildlife
- Yestermorrow is a design/build school in Vermont.
- S.E.A. in Massachusetts is where Aimee studied abroad for a semester
- The book Sharon referenced about life in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina is 1 Dead in the Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose
- Aimee’s famous brownie recipe that she admits to stealing from somebody else and that she may or may not have sent to the medical school that she really wanted to attend
Learn More About Aimee
Check out Aimee’s bio with Cascades East, where she is currently completing her residency focused on rural family medicine.
And here is Aimee on her “bicycle powered pontoon boat” (that’s the “technical term,” ahem, according to Sharon) sailing down the Mississippi River. #badass