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The Power of the Great Outdoors

Erica Zazo, ’14, invites the world to experience her passion for nature through journalism.

The Power of the Great Outdoors

Erica Zazo, ’14, invites the world to experience her passion for nature through journalism.

Erica Zazo, ’14, is a freelance outdoor travel writer based in Chicago with a passion for nature and the impact it can have on society. 

As a proud journalism graduate from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Zazo, knows the positive impact nature has on society. She credits her MSU experience, time spent with the MSU Outdoors Club and involvement with the Student Conservation Association, with helping her discover her passion for the outdoors, traveling and writing.

Whether it’s road tripping to the upper peninsula of Michigan, backpacking through Arkansas, exploring conservation forests in the Florida everglades or climbing a windy hike off the beaten path, one thing Zazo knows for sure is that her outdoor travels create a positive effect on her mental health and generate memories that she will cherish for a lifetime.

In reflecting on her time on campus, it’s clear to Zazo that there’s something special about being a Spartan. There’s willpower to take on new challenges. 

“There is really a willpower that Spartans have to succeed, to keep going, to try new things and to really defy the odds...” 

Erica Zazo, ‘14

Zazo encourages other Spartans to explore more of the great outdoors, appreciate the natural beauty around them and embrace the peace of breathing fresh air.

Author: Tiana Dudley, '20

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