What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
Growing up in Western New York I have become increasingly aware of how the environment can impact human health. Living in an area known for polluted lands and higher cancer rates has shaped and directed my studies. Being able to assist in the remediation of polluted lands and the prevention of environmental disasters such as Love Canal would in my eyes be an extremely rewarding career. I've grown up with a strict work ethic instilled in me and a drive to pursue and achieve my dreams.
Describe your dream job or career.
A career where I could see the direct impacts of my work on the people living in the area. Specifically helping those in poverty with problems regarding environmental justice. A focus on field work and environmental analysis would be ideal.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
When I was younger both of my grandparents worked for the DEC on Long Island. I was able to enjoy spending parts of my summer vacation with marine biologists learning about the marine ecology of parts of Long Island. As the years went on I saw a noticeable decline in the health of the marine ecosystems and I learned about how fragile our planet can be. This experience had a lasting impact on me and lead me to research and read more about the environmental issues facing our planet today. As a result I have pursued an education in an environmental geoscience in the hopes that I may work in the industry to mitigate our impacts on the environment.
I've grown up with a strict work ethic instilled in me and a drive to pursue and achieve my dreams.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
My biggest take-away was that while the problems our planet may face are large, they can be solved with the power of collaboration from innovative individuals with a common goal.
Where and When would you go in a time machine? Why?
I would travel into the future a couple hundred years to witness how humanity learned to live sustainably and mitigate the effects of global climate change.