Where to begin. TGP affected me greatly personally. It was the vessel for which transformation occurred in an anxiously depressed senior of 29 years. It broke me down and revealed my true self and my true passion. As a result, I have since transferred from USC to Penn State, from civil engineering to energy policy, and am now pursuing my passions - sustainability and renewable energy. I feel I can do more and get more out of life with this direction. As a 34 year old pivoting careers, it can be tough. But sustainability gets me through the day, from recycling, conscious water use and eating local and organic to maintaining mental stability as I balance work, life, and bipolar disorder. It's the thread that wove my life together when it fell apart. Professionally, I have had one job as a junior project manager for a landfill reinvention project including clean materials recovery facilities, anaerobic digestion and composting. It was great exposure and reinforced my path. I currently am not working in sustainability and it in part drove me to enrolling in school and ultimately, this application. While I study, I can make an impact on my campus and turn on the "glass half empty to half full" attitude.
The program shook me to the core and gave me a new outlook on life. It brought me out of myself and showed me that there is an entire world out there and its future is in jeopardy.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
Ever since the GREEN Program's Iceland Excursion, I have been captivated with renewable energy, water management and sustainable living. The program shook me to the core and gave me a new outlook on life. It brought me out of myself and showed me that there is an entire world out there and its future is in jeopardy. In fact, it was a call to action, a wake-up call that summoned me to be bigger than myself. With this, I take to the workplace in influence and bring about change for the betterment of humanity.
Describe your dream job or career.
I want to build structures that generate power and clean the atmosphere while combining sustainable infrastructure, design and construction.
Tell us about your leadership experiences
I was Social Chair for CALPIRG's Campus Climate Challenge and the L.A. Homeless Project and XE (Civil Engineering National Honors Society). I was an Ambassador and Influencer for the GREEN Program.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
The GREEN Program allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and expand my mind in many ways. Learning about renewable energy, meeting young men and women from around the world, and pushing the limits of your abilities are among my favorite things I experienced while in Iceland. The biggest take-away, however, comes from within. I confronted 6 years of depression, isolation and self-doubt, like the hero's journey, and came out on the other side a new person. It filled me with a sense of purpose, drive and motivation to be a part of the group that will change the world.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Our Capstone project, ALGENIOUS, is a company that produces algae in renewable energy driven greenhouses, on government sanctioned land, to produce biofuel that can cut Iceland's dependence on fossil fuels for transportation and create a 100% sustainable country in terms of power usage. Our team was simply amazing, as we worked well together, giving suggestions and critiques in a way that led to a wonderful presentation, focused and succinct. Our ideation changed halfway through the program, as we discovered our idea for a water meter app. We were startled at first, but later became much more passionate about helping a country almost completely renewable achieve success and be a model to other nations around the globe.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
I will use this experience to influence the lives of others, together with my engineering background, around the globe while we strive to achieve clean water, renewable energy, and social and political justice for everyone.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
Thomas Paine, Jean Valjean, Jean-Paul Sartre