I became interested in the environment at a young age, I was always outside and was very curious about nature. After I graduated high school I joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and one of our crucial roles is protecting the marine environment. From the Coast Guard, I have been exposed to the importance of our natural resources and the strong relationship we have with our environment. This was the start to my interest in environment studies. I remember the exact moment in a class for my global health certificate when we began talking about environmental justice that I knew this was going to be a part of my studies and future. This was the semester I applied for the Nelson Institute Community and Environmental Scholars Program and declared my double major in environmental studies.