"GREEN connected me to other students and young professionals with different backgrounds, aspirations, and ideas about how to positively impact our communities."
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
I was the youngest in my Capstone group so it was a really valuable opportunity for me to learn and develop from others working in my field who had more experience. It was hard work but the chance to present the final project at Reykjavik University made it worthwhile! One aspect of my project was an environmental education scheme for children and young adults, which inspired me continue this further through volunteer work back at home. Since returning from Iceland in June 2013 I have been an Outreach Ambassador for numerous Engineering programs for students aged 10-18 at University, as well as a national STEM ambassador during my employment.
What does #onlyontheGREENprogram mean to you?
You’re never totally sure what’s the next crazy thing these guys have planned for you, but you know it will be awesome.
How are you leveraging your experience on The GREEN Program?
After returning from the GREEN Alumni Iceland program I feel like I’ve gained even more momentum to keep working towards my best, which will help me go from strength to strength in my graduate job and keep me focused on sustainability throughout my work.
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
Don’t let yourself get discouraged! If you think you’ve got a great idea then it’s almost guaranteed that there’s similar people out there who can help you make it a reality - from travel to employers to volunteering. Sustainable development is an integral part of modern businesses and organisations, so you won’t be closing any doors opportunity-wise.