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UVA alum chooses a minimalist life to save the planet before heading to law school

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Jeremy Kemp, 23, graduated from the University of Virginia in the Spring of 2017. (Jeremy Kemp)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) — A University of Virginia alumni, who’s been accepted to one of the top 10 most prestigious law schools in the United States, is living in a van for a bold purpose.

Jeremy Kemp, 23, has been accepted into the University of Virginia’s law school, but he’s also applying to other law schools in the country including Yale and the University of Pennsylvania as originally reported by The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.

In May of this year, Kemp received his undergraduate degree in two concentrations: Environmental Science and Environmental Thought & Practice (ETP).

He says he's taking a year off from starting law school and plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail that extends from Canada all the way to Mexico.

In the meantime, he’s living in a former bakery cargo van he bought in D.C. to save on rent. Kemp said, "rent is a waste of money for me," but he didn't choose to go on this awaiting 2,650 mile journey for the sole reason of saving money.

"I wanted to live this radical minimalistic lifestyle, but it was also an environmental decision to reduce carbon foot print," said the 22-year-old Florida native who's only lived in Charlottesville for five years.

Although the cost of rent in the Charlottesville area has increased, Kemp's mission is to reduce his carbon footprint. He sleeps in a sleeping bag inside his new mobile home, and has received an overwhelming amount of support from both friends and strangers alike.

Before Kemp decided to transition into this new way of life, he did his research and joined an online community of "vandwellers," a person who lives in a converted vehicle, as they're called. Most of them reside on the West Coast, but its' these exact people that have given Kemp the tools to successfully complete his mission before attending law school in the fall of 2018.

The former UVA student is not the first person to do this, but it's definitely a rising trend in today's society, especially with millennials, according to the Calgary Journal.

His start date is hopefully mid to late April 2018 and hopes to complete the five month journey before he enters the fall term.

When asked if this journey will be a life changing experience, he simply puts into words, "I don't want to succumb to a cliche, but there will be a change." He continues to say, "The path of least resistance doesn't mean that its' the path to the way of living a fulfilling life that will bring you the most joy."

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