Briana Bateman

What are your majors? Community and environmental sociology, environmental studies with a certificate in food systems

Expected graduation: May 2021

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? While I cannot necessarily say that there was any one specific point that I realized that I was interested in the environment, there is a particularly poignant moment of my young environmentalist fervor documented in an essay I wrote in first grade.

I was asked to write about what I would do if I were president. I answered that I would force “half of the people in the United States to leave” so that we could make “more room for nature.” While my intentions have changed since then, my commitment to environmentalism has remained firm. Luckily, my commitment to the community emerged and I decided it would be best to not ask anyone to leave the United States.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? I believe in practicing the virtues of kindness and love. I do not believe that any group better embodies these values than CESP. With the goal of uniting young learners under one goal of promoting community service and engagement as well as environmental stewardship, the world could use more programs like CESP.

CESP is almost like a family, but without the frustration. I am hopeful that after graduating, one day I will be able to come back and visit the future generation CESPers and impart some great wisdom upon them. Until then, I look forward to going out into the world and finding that wisdom and enjoying this wonderful seminar while I am still finishing up my academic career.

Something few people know about you: I have a scar on my toe from an accident related to pretending to be an airbender as a child.