In her free time, Ali enjoys a variety of activities including fencing, painting, running marathons, riding motorcycles, traveling, photography, studying foreign languages, gardening, and cooking.
While attending high school in Shenzhen, China, Ali became involved in the Shenzhen University fencing program. Because there were very few English speakers on the fencing team, it was crucial that she better her Chinese language skills so she enrolled in the university's Chinese as a Foreign Language courses. Studying Chinese at the university proved to be difficult but rewarding.
While she entered college with the intention of obtaining a degree in International Business, Ali quickly realized her passion was in the field of history. Latin American history is her specialty.
Ali has spent many years both living and traveling abroad and enjoyed writing about those experiences. The majority of her travel writing has been for the benefit of family and friends, but she also contributed to American Fencing Magazine's "Postcards from the Strip" column. Here, she detailed her adventures of traveling through China via the Shenzhen University fencing team.
Ali worked for an adventure tour company called EcoMotion Tours based in northeast Florida. While working here, Ali led groups of nature and history enthusiasts on guided Segway tours in a number of Florida parks. She quickly moved into the position of lead tour guide and began writing tours for other guides. She also working closely with the state park system to draft informational brochures on local wildlife.
Currently, Ali is pursuing her B.S. in nutrition through the University of North Florida. Her interest in the subject stems from the endless barrage of food and nutrition articles that contain conflicting information in social media. She believes the field of nutritional studies will grow in the coming years as a result of the health crisis the U.S. is currently facing. Ali enjoys freelance writing on the topic of food and nutrition as compliment to her studies.
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