Elizabeth Smith

What are your majors? Environmental science and zoology, with an environmental studies certificate

Expected graduation: May 2023

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? What most inspired me to pursue an education related to the environment was, as cheesy as it sounds, all of the Planet Earth episodes they showed us in elementary and middle school. Those videos showcase such beautiful ecosystems and animals, and hearing about topics such as climate change motivated me to pursue a degree in something that I could use to help the cause in some way. I think it is important to take care of this beautiful Earth we were given, not only for ourselves, but for future generations. I also think taking care of the environment around us creates a sense of community, because it is something that all of us share, which is really cool.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? I would definitely recommend any student in the Nelson Institute to get involved with CESP! It is a great opportunity for self growth and a chance to connect with others that care about many of the same topics as you do.

Something few people know about you: I would like to visit all of the national parks! Three down, many to go. I’m hoping to hit more with my recently built camper van!