Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Tara Runyan graduated with University Honors from the University of Alabama with a psychology major and biology minor on the Pre-Medicine track. As an undergraduate, Tara was a facilitator for DREAM Alabama and a counselor for the University of Alabama’s Camp 1831. After serving with Impact America, Tara plans to attend dental school.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

I’ve had the opportunity to go to many memorable places, but last summer my friend and I were driving from Birmingham, AL to San Francisco, CA and we decided to stop in Zion National Park. The views were incredible and it is my favorite national park that I have visited to this day! I recommend the hike to Angels Landing to everyone—just watch out if you have a fear of heights!

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

I am an amateur cook, and my favorite thing to make is Mexican chicken soup.