Salma Florencio

What are your majors? Environmental studies and communication arts

Expected graduation: May 2021

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Just like many other people, I find comfort and relaxation in nature. I can remember many of my elementary school field trips to Cherokee Marsh where we would take nature walks, plant trees, and remove invasive species. These field trips began my appreciation for the environment and nature.

I took my first environment-related class in high school and in this environmental science class, I learned about the many environmental issues we are currently facing. And most of our projects in that class were brainstorming different possible ways to mitigate the issues. I have been interested in environmental studies ever since. I want future generations to be able to experience nature and the environment in the same ways I did. I hope I can give back to the community and help take care of the environment.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? CESP is a great way to connect with many different people who have the same interests as you! It is a safe place where you can combine your strengths with others and find ways to give back and connect with the community.

Something few people know about you: I enjoy watching and playing different sports. It is a fun way to be active and outdoors. I play on the women’s rugby team here at UW-Madison and I play soccer during the summer and winter in Madison (when we are not in the middle of a pandemic). And I have been recently getting into basketball, but I sadly found out that I am a terrible shooter.