Monica Gardner grew up outside of Boston in the green hills of Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, she set out to see other parts of the United States. She spent time in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and California, and then finished up her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University’s sunny Hawaii campus. While there, she studied human interactions and mediation to obtain an Intercultural Peacebuilding Certificate through the David O. McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding. This experience, combined with a bachelor’s degree in English and minor in Theater, seemed to be the perfect preparation for law school. She plans on studying International Law and using her skills to help people throughout the world. She was selected by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies as a Student Fellow for 2013, spending a five-week summer visiting externship in Accra, Ghana. She has joned the Executive Committee for the 2013 Symposium as a member of the recruitment team. When not studying Monica enjoys writing poetry, photography, working out, and singing in the BYU Law School Choir.