After earning a useless college degree in History back in 1999 from the University of New Hampshire, I spent a few aimless years bouncing from job to job and feeling a bit overwhelmed with the idea that this could be "it". Could life really be cubicles and neckties? So, on a whim, I decided to try a path less traveled and joined the Air Force in search of action and adventure! I was selected to be an aviator and imagined spending my enlistment flying to exotic places and seeing this world first hand. Well, as fate would have it, I finished up officer training a couple weeks before 9/11. My plans were foiled and I would eventually spend my career in exotic places where the exotic people wanted me dead and they tried hard at fulfilling that goal. Fast forward through 3 tours in Iraq and a career ending combat injury, I found myself having to make a decision once again on where my life should go. I decided to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. Why? I didn't want to go to med school at 30 years old and I don't have the hand-holding soft and loving demeanor of a nurse. Being a PA turned out to be a nice fit. In my career, I've delivered babies and watched people take their last breaths. All in all, my experiences over the past 15 years have given me a wonderful perspective on how special this life of hurling through space on a rock truly is. Unfortunately, we spend far too much time on our couches, self absorbed on social media and looking at devices instead of experiencing the amazing world around us. I wanted to find a way to pass down some of my experiences and the experiences of people I've grown to know to my children and grandchildren so I decided to start the "Wait, What If... Podcast." Through the WWI Podcast, I invite guests who share their life experiences, explore possibilities and inspire us to get out of our comfort zones and truly live. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy the show!
After graduating with a bachelor’s in biology, Savanna spent around 5 years working as a lab rat, wondering if life had anything more to offer. One day, within the span of 5 seconds, she conceived of and decided to go to graduate school, and her life has gotten more interesting ever since. While in graduate school, she began to wonder about the concept of radical life extension, and decided that it would be possible, but not for another 1000 years. Then, she stumbled upon the work of the famous futurist, Ray Kurzweil, and started to believe that the timeline for achieving immortality was significantly shorter. In an effort to find others who had the same optimistic outlook on the future, she started a meetup group called, The Triangle Futurists (which now has over 100 members). It was through this meetup that she received an email from a strange person who called himself “Kevin” and asked if she wanted to chat about futurist-y stuff in a podcast he called the “Wait, What if” podcast, and the rest is history.
Wait! What if...
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