Kaleb Rakers

What are your majors? Environmental science and political science with a certificate in environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2022

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Since I was 5 my family took a vacation every summer in our pop-up camper. These vacations became trips to national parks since my parents want to visit every park in their lifetime. Seeing these most beautiful parts of America helped build my connection to nature and really want to preserve it so I could go on the same trips with my kids.

My favorite parks so far have been Crater Lake and Isle Royale. I also participated in Boy Scouts which gave me the unique opportunity to go backpacking in New Mexico. Being able to watch the sunrise from the side of a mountain and illuminate the mountains and desert in the distance deepened my appreciation for nature.