"As a woman in the field, I am the minority. The hope is that I can spread the importance of STEAM type careers amongst other woman, not just Geology, to help make the science related field more diverse. "
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
My goal is to be able to change people's minds on the importance of the Earth and how it is our responsibility to protect, preserve, and prevent anything from destroying it completely.
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
Don't judge a book by it's cover or a person by their resume. I'm a huge outdoor enthusiast. Almost all of my free time is spent traveling to local, state, or National Parks throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the United States. My goal is to be able to travel to all 59 Nationals Parks and hopefully all of the National Park Service locations as well. Experiencing parks gives me a better understanding on how important it is to help protect, preserve, and prevent development from destroying them.
Describe your dream job or career.
I would love to be working for a company that allows me to spend a majority of my time outside or interacting with people constantly. My hope is that I am able to continuously learn throughout my career and not always sitting in front of a computer screen. My growing knowledge in social entrepreneurship has allowed me to explore and become an explorer even more, so being involved with a company that is also making a social impact would also be very beneficial. Once I establish myself as a young professional, I hope to be eventually running my own environmental type company where I can make an impact even more and hopefully change even more people's minds on the importance of environmental education and protection. Exploring the outdoors brings about new ideas and allows me to continue to learn and grow.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
Geoscience at Drexel is very new. I will be one of the first women to graduate from the university as a Geoscience student. Since the program is so new, I have become a leader in working with professors and faculty to help adapt the program in the hopes of recruiting more students. I've helped students who are new to the program get involved in activities and also provide feedback and advise on their careers from my personal experience. Additionally, I have been an ambassador for The GREEN Program for about three years now. Following my program in August 2014, I became an ambassador at Drexel. At the time, Drexel and The GREEN Program were working on finalizing a partnership for students to attend the program and also earn Drexel approved credit. I've helped provide student feedback through the finalizing of the partnership and also have worked closely with both Drexel and The GREEN Program recruiting students. Being an ambassador has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and meet so many new people on campus that I would have never talked to before. As I have advanced in my academic career I have definitely found myself to become an even stronger leader than I was before. Every opportunity I have had thus far has someway impacted me into becoming the leader I am today.
"Sustainable Development covers so many topics. Therefore, everyone’s experience and expertise will play a role somewhere along the line. Everyone that I have met through understanding sustainable development has been so passionate about the topic that no one could possibly be turned off from learning or studying it."
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
At Drexel, we participate in three six month long co-op opportunities in which we work for a company full-time as an employee. I’ve completed two co-ops and have used my experience both as an ambassador and as a student on the trip. In all 20 interviews I have gone on for co-op each and every one has asked me about my trip to Iceland and how it has affected me. GREEN has given me something easy to talk about in an interview because I am so passionate about it.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
What I loved about The GREEN Program, in Iceland, was how the classroom experience, facility visits, and adventures all connected. It allowed me to understand renewable energy and sustainability so much better when I was able to see it and experience it myself. Overall the entire program was my favorite, but I especially enjoyed snorkeling between the tectonic plates. I have looked back on that experience multiple times when I have been learning about plate tectonics in classes.
How will you use this experience to advance your personal goals?
The GREEN Program kick started my career. I attended the program following my freshmen year without a good sense of what I wanted to do after graduation just yet. It has allowed me to focus my studies on sustainability and renewable energy even more because I realized my passion for it. This experience has also help me land three cooperative education experiences with engineering firms. In each of the 27 interviews that I went on for my co-ops, I have talked about my experience in Iceland with The GREEN Program. It was something I was passionate about and could relate to why I was a qualified individual for the position.
You're hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
John Muir, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio