Samantha Ceisel

What are your majors? Environmental science with certificates in engineering for energy sustainability and developmental economics

Expected graduation: May 2024

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? I grew up on a small farm where we spent a great deal of time playing in the dirt or running around barefoot. To me nature was a central part of my life and as I grew, my love for its beauty, its ecosystems, and endless capabilities grew with it as well. My family instilled the importance of taking care of your environment, and not taking it for granted. But the older I got, the more I saw the mistreatment of nature and lack of access to safe ways to engage with nature. My goal then became to protect the environments I could, and be a steward for the environment and everything that inhabits it. Now in college I have found many new approaches in being a steward, approaching conservation through policy, science and education.