Thomas Myren

What are your majors? Environmental science, with a certificate in sustainability

Expected graduation: May 2023

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? My interest in the environment comes from witnessing our environment change firsthand as I grew up. I’ve watched winters grow shorter and warmer, and we struggle to receive any significant snowfall by December or January most years. It doesn’t feel right to me. Future generations deserve to enjoy the same benefits and healthy planet that we currently have, and they don’t deserve to be handed a crumbling world. I want to make a difference, however small, to give them a healthy planet.

I’m interested in the community from my upbringing in a small town. Everybody knew each other, and we always helped anyone who needed it. It was a wonderful way to grow up, and I want to spread that idea of community, and friendliness, to anywhere or anyone that I can.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? Other students who know nothing about CESP or the Nelson Institute are missing out! CESP is a fantastic program that brings together like-minded individuals who are interested in the environment and allows us to create a network with them. This way, we can check in with each other, as well as help each other find new opportunities for personal and professional development. CESP assists us with our professional development while keeping an eye on the community aspect of our work.

CESP has given me a chance to learn a lot more about my own values, as well as the type of work that I wish to do after graduation. CESP has helped me to feel more comfortable in my own beliefs, as well as to feel more comfortable alongside my peers. I am forever grateful to be a part of CESP, and I look forward to seeing where we each go!

Something few people know about you: Few people know that I have a twin sister, who is very different from me. We may argue and not get along sometimes, but we’ve got a bond where we’ll always have each other’s backs.