What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I am a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend of 9 years, and a good friend who will drop anything for anyone. I strive to do as much as I can as fast as I can because I fear the shortness of life. I lost my father and best friend last year and have fallen to pieces over not having him here anymore, but fight hard everyday to overcome it. I have suffered a long history of eating disorders and addiction but have pulled through slowly and am still fighting, but I dont let things like this hold me back. I also love rupauls drag race and I love to travel. I love to paint and sing and I adore musical theater. I have two cats who are my babies and I am an extreme procrastinator. I also have narcolepsy. I love to LEARN!!!!!!!!! I read so much and love to take all sorts of different classes and join different organizations that can teach me so many different things
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
Currently in my community, I am literally involved in every initiative that has the word "sustainability" attached to it. I run the Student Government Environment and Sustainability Commission, I started the initiative to create a commission within the office of the President regarding sustainability and, when it is finalized, will have a seat on the commission. I also am a councilperson on the City of Ypsilanti Sustainability Commission. I have led many initiatives under these titles in my community to achieve our many goals and certifications.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
First trimester of freshman year of high school, I signed up for environmental science class because it seemed interesting to me. I really liked garden club in elementary school and something environment related I did in middle school, so I wanted to see what it was really about. Long story short and a diagnosis of nacolepsy that I received 5 years later, I slept through about every class session of environmental science and failed the class. It is the only class I ever failed. However, my teacher, Mr. Black, gave me an A. He talked to me after the trimester was over and explained to me how he could see my passion and how this class was really hard for freshman anyhow. I was the only underclassmen in the class. Mr Black gave me a chance, and I have appreciated that chance every single day and attribute that experience and Mr Black to my success today. Mr Black was so enthralling and inspired me so much just by how he talked about the environment and the world outside the anthropocentric view. Even though I slept everyday, I learned so much from Mr Black and that class. Also, another experience, I almost drowned when I was 8 and instead of fearing water, it made me love it even more.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
The beauty of the world beyond us and the importance of education, individual impact, and interdisciplinary contribution to this work.
Tell us about your Capstone project experience and your journey, your team, the ideation and implementation.
Capstones are always difficult for me. I am not much of an entrepeneur and my mind races too much for public speaking. I did two capstones- Permeable Pavement in Hawaii and Water filtration in Peru. the water filtration system capstone in Peru was not the best first capstone experience for me. One girl in our group tried to hijack the whole project and didnt allow much contribution from myself or the other group member no matter how much we tried. I loved my Hawaii team. We all collaborated and contributed ideas that matched our fields of study. I came up with the permeable pavement idea originally, and everyone liked it. We were a very close group and it felt as though the work was evenly distributed. Implementation is a little tricky since this is a very costly idea. it is, however, cheaper in the long term than the current system in place. With my connections in my community, I plan to work toward implementing permeable pavement here in some way as a statement.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
A huge goal of mine is to succeed in controlling my brain and having a concrete and organized speech when giving some speech. I am not afraid of public speaking as I am a performer, but I find it difficult when I am speaking about topics I am passionate about since I ramble on and on. Also, I would really like to make permeable pavement happen in my community in some way. Im really not good at or interested in the entrepeneurship side of this field. I dont want to own a business or start a company. I feel like I cant make as much impact in a single business setting and having to run all the administrative tasks of a business rather than working for a nonprofit or a business or the government.
Where and When would you go in a time machine? Why?
I would go to pre historic America. I would love to see what the world was like before humans. I know I probably wouldnt survive, but Its worth a shot. Or I would go to the birthplace of Abraham religions because I am an atheist but would really like to know what is true.