"This program has taught me not to take people, time, or the environment for granted and to value my education."
What's your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
My name is Corey Aydlett and I am a super senior in Environmental Technology and Management (ETM) with minors in Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Toxicology. I have always had a passion for people, the environment, and animals but none of those were evident to me until I attended NC State University. I decided to pursue an environmental field after taking backpacking for a class. It introduced me to topics such as Leave No Trace (LNT) and I was surrounded by people who shared similar interest as I did. Little did I know it would make such an impact on my life that I’d essentially minor in it. I went on my first backpacking trip to Mt. Rogers, VA, and fell in love with people and experience that it became addicting. I wanted more opportunities like this. Thus, I took more classes like sea kayaking, basic canoeing, and rock climbing where I can continue to be surrounded by positive people, experiences, and connect with the world I now wish to save. It has not only inspired me to become an environmental leader and advocate but also a humanitarian.
"I love making a difference and being able to see the impacts I’ve made. I hope to use the values, skills, and traits that I’ve gained through my experiences in service, leadership, and adventure to become a global leader for the U.S. I know I’ll continue working with people and the environment while inspiring others to do the same."
Describe your dream job.
My dream job would be to work for a company that embodies similar values that I do. Some of these values include, travel, adventure, sustainability, building relationships, environmental ethics, and experiential learning. I would love to work for a non-profit organization as an environmental consultant or leader while working with a diversity of people from all over the world. I hope to specialize in water resource management projects and one day become a Peace Corps and Ameri Corps volunteer doing environmental education, agricultural sustainability, or providing safe drinking water. I could also see myself doing an international environmental assessment for the UN handling economic affairs in science, technology, and innovation. Lastly, I have a goal to learn French, Spanish, and Portugese.
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
My group worked on a LEED influenced model for sustainable farming which we were all excited about. We each took different sections of the project including mission statement, structure, profit analysis, and advantages. With more time and research, we would hope to actually develop a sustainable model farm for other farmers to model and implement.
How are you leveraging your GREEN Program experience?
I am channeling the energy, passions, and knowledge I have gained from The GREEN Program into a video, blog, and presentations to inspire other students to embark on such an impactful and unforgettable journey. I am representing The GREEN Program as an Ambassador and will utilize the advice and enthusiasm from the team to accomplish this goal.