Valerie graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in four years with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. For outstanding achievement in Journalism, she was awarded the Denver Woman’s Press Club’s Francis Belford Wayne Scholarship. During college, she interned at Backpacker Magazine where she had a series of responsibilities and tasks. Living in Colorado since she was two years old, she considers herself a native. She loves any excuse to get outside, such as hiking, skiing, camping, photographing, and more. She is always ready to learn something new and grow as an individual.