How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I want to make impactful progress in environmental protection by raising public awareness for the issues we are currently facing such as climate change, ocean acidification, and habitat loss.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I love adventure and new experiences: one of my personal goals is to visit all of the US national parks and some in Canada and South America as well. I believe firmly in the power of travel, new experiences, and being outside.
Describe your dream job or career.
In my dream job I would feel passionate about the work I was doing: I want to know that every day I go to work I'm helping to make a positive difference in environmental protection. In my dream job I would be making tangible progress in creating a livable, sustainable future.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I was the sustainability chair for my sorority, and that meant that I was in charge of coordinating with all of the other sororities on campus to do things like reduce water and energy usage through friendly competitions. After that, I was the Membership Vice President and trained my chapter of 110 women to recruit a class of new members. This required a lot of attention to detail and organization on my part, because we hosted a week's worth of recruitment events for over 750 women. I've also been a science mentor at a local elementary school since my freshman year of college, and love introducing new concepts to the students!
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
I loved seeing the application of so many different renewable technologies in Iceland. Living in the US, it can seem like full implementation of renewable energy is a far-off daydream, but visiting Iceland and learning about how they meet their energy needs was truly inspiring and eye-opening.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
I would invite John Muir, because of my aforementioned love for national parks. I think it would be great to speak with him about how he experienced nature and his thoughts on environmental protection. I would also love to speak with Marie Curie, because she made very important contributions to the field of physics, and I think it's inspiring that she was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (go women in science!). Lastly, I would invite Dumbledore because I love the Harry Potter books and I could use some of Dumbledore's wisdom.