What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I've been a passionate environmentalist ever since I was in elementary school. I think it started when we learned what climate change was in class and how nature was being destroyed and animals were going extinct. I was so appalled by this and horrified that no one around me seemed to care. I picked up the book 'An Inconvenient Truth' by Al Gore because it was the only climate change book I knew about, and read it over and over again. After that, I was determined to do everything that I could to live sustainably and to help fight climate change. That was ten years ago.
I do as much as I can to live sustainably and reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible. I also encourage the people around me to do the same. I'm driven by my desire to make the world a better place and to protect the planet that gives us life. It's also important to me to not only focus on my studies but to get involved in educating others about climate change issues and how we can find solutions to these problems.
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
I would want to do something in my life that would contribute to the conservation of earth's biodiversity, educate people about the importance of environmental action, and find solutions to climate change issues. Whatever it is that I end up studying and whatever field I end up working in, I want to do all I can to do my part to help the planet. My goal is not to have my name remembered, my goal is to impact the world in a way that betters people's lives and creates a more sustainable future.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
When I was a high school senior, I took a class that changed my life again. It was called Globalization and Sustainability, and we would read books and watch documentaries about climate change and people caring more about money and power than they did about taking care of our planet and the wellbeing of future generations. It was then that I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in environmental studies and that, despite the fact that this area of study can be rather depressing, I wouldn't be happy doing anything else.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
My favorite thing about my experience with the Green Program was the people I got to meet and work with. Because University of Toronto is such a large school, it can be difficult to interact closely with other students that are passionate about the same issues as I am. Not only was it amazing to work on a Capstone project with people who are passionate about sustainability but it was also really interesting getting to know people from different cultures and different areas of study. Of course the trips we took and the activities we did were incredibly, but I think the life-long friends I made on my trip to Iceland was my favorite part.