Learning about the past is one of the best ways to prepare for the future, so I believe my comparative humanities major is really enhancing my knowledge of how to preserve the environment.
"I wasn't thinking about going to a university on the East Coast, but once I was nominated for a scholarship through the Posse Foundation, I was introduced to Bucknell. The Posse Foundation grants scholarships to students who demonstrate excellent academic work and leadership skills, but may be overlooked by the traditional college selection process. Bucknell seemed like a perfect fit because it could provide me with a well-rounded liberal arts education. I knew it was going to be a big move, but I was ready for the challenge.
"Ever since high school, I knew I wanted to study the environment. When I arrived at Bucknell my first year, I became part of the Environmental Residential College. It was a proactive way to introduce myself to environmental studies, and I got to meet various people passionate about the same thing. Our senior fellow, Brandn Green, first introduced me to the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment (BCSE). He was very approachable and encouraged me to take initiatives with what I wanted to do. I became an intern for the center my sophomore year, and began taking care of the various gardens.
"Recently I've been doing research on rain gardens, artificially constructed pieces of land that help water infiltrate more easily into the soil to prevent flooding. The environmental studies department introduced to me wonderful professors such as Peter Wilshusen and Amanda Wooden. Both have inspired me to be an activist on this campus, whether for the environment or for social-political reasons that I hold close to my heart.
"My comparative humanities major is also extremely important to me. It drew me in because it is such a cultivated and intellectual major. It includes history, language, art, physics, philosophy, writing, critical thinking, and so much more. I felt like I could learn everything through it, and so far the experience has lived up to my expectations. I've broadened my range of knowledge, while gaining a better understanding of the world. Professor James Shields and Professor Katie Faull have opened my mind to so many religions, theories, and books through courses like Myth, Reason, and Faith.
"With my comparative humanities major, I can study how different cultures, religions, and philosophies have influenced the environment. Through studying ancient civilizations, I can see how the world has shifted and grown over the centuries. Learning about the past is one of the best ways to prepare for the future, so I believe my comparative humanities major is really enhancing my knowledge of how to preserve the environment. I'm very fortunate to be on such an active campus that offers so many areas of study, and even though home is far away, the home I've created here has become just as important to me."
Elaine is from Arcadia, Calif.
Posted April 27, 2015
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