What are your majors? Environmental studies and geography (physical), with a certificate in engineering for energy sustainability
Expected graduation: May 2023
What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? When I think about what inspired my interest in the environment, I can’t think of one specific instance. My interest in the environment was inspired by several different events that continue to build on each other as I get older and continue learning about the world we live in.
One special event that comes to mind is my first backpacking trip. Spending long periods of time in nature and watching the environment interact in its natural ways made me realize how fragile our Earth is, and how important it is to protect and preserve it.
Access to environmental education was very limited in high school, so this became a subject I explored and learned more about in my own time. Until I got to college, I was unaware of the wide range of education and career opportunities in the environment. The ability to take such a variety in coursework was another instance in which my interest peaked. As I continued my studies and became more aware of environmental issues, the more passionate I became. Although I am especially interested in the energy and environmental policy field, any career in the environment would be rewarding.