A New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology Student Learns About Renewable Energy & Sustainability by Exploring Iceland


Dec 27, 2022

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Meet Jacques St. Onge

Iceland 2022
TGP Scholarship Recipient

New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (NMT)
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2025

“I didn’t know what to expect but I was blown away by how well everything went with the program.”

I am a student at New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (NMT) where I major in Mechanical Engineering. I’ve been wanting to travel the world for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. When I learned I had been awarded the TGP scholarship, I was very excited because I had been working extremely long hours at the coffee shop I work at, and it was causing me to lose focus in school. The scholarship allowed me to focus back and center myself. Before my trip, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was blown away by how well everything went with the program.

“There’s an endless world with endless possibilities, and its waiting for me to make a huge difference and to help in every way that I can.”

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Experiences like TGP are important because a lot of students, (especially American students) very rarely think about the world beyond their home, and forget that there’s more to life than whatever they’re doing whether it be work or school, or even just trying to make it day by day. There’s an endless world with endless possibilities, and its waiting for me to make a huge difference and to help in every way that I can.

The educational experience was very intuitive, I felt like I was learning while I was exploring. The best moment for me was definitely the glacier hike, especially when I dipped down to take a sip of the cool glacier water, and feeling it flow through my body invigorated me with a new ichor i have never felt.

“The educational experience was very intuitive, I felt like I was learning while I was exploring.”

My capstone project was about the energy independence on the Navajo reservation, or more like the lack thereof. I came up with the idea because i grew up in new Mexico and recognized the need for the Navajo reservation to have power, as it will lead to a host of other better things, like education and water rights. I really didn’t have any challenges when doing my project, i had a steady internet connection and my group mates were all supportive and i loved all of them to death. The end result was (in my opinion) one of the best looking projects i have seen in a while.

Thank you so much to The GREEN Program, and especially thank you Jillian and Embla for such an amazing and beautiful tour of Iceland.

Jacques’ advice for new GREENies:

Just do it. You’ll never know if you don’t try. there are tons of financial scholarships available for students looking to study abroad. The people with the green program are amazing and helped me the whole way through my process.

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