"I'm really interested in the social and policy sides of environmental studies — more so than the hard sciences. I would love to combine my major in environmental studies and my background with Spanish and international relations to maybe work in Latin America with an environmental NGO."
"I was really interested in going to a small liberal arts school because of the relationships you can have with professors and the opportunities to take classes in all sorts of disciplines. When I got to Bucknell, it was one of those beautiful spring days. The weather was gorgeous and my tour guide was super excited and had so much energy. It felt right when we got here. Coming back for Accepted Students Day was pretty cool. I remember sitting in Sojka Pavilion with tons of other students and thinking I could end up going to school with all these other people. "
"I initially came to Bucknell not knowing what I wanted to do. I had no idea. I was really interested in math in high school, but I decided it wasn't my thing. It just didn't float my boat. I came in with the Environmental Residential College and that was a major factor in my decision to become an environmental studies major.
"The residential college was just an awesome experience. We were two halls and just so close. We went on field trips — kayaking one weekend; we went to Washington, D.C., to talk to our representatives about environmental policy; we went out to Shamokin and the Pennsylvania coal region — just a lot of cool things. We all became really close, and they are still my closest friends. Not only were we able to do these activities outside the classroom, but we had a class together as a hall. We got to study in the classroom and learn similar things and take that outside the classroom.
"I'm really interested in the social and policy sides of environmental studies — more so than the hard sciences. I would love to combine my major in environmental studies and my background with Spanish and international relations to maybe work in Latin America with an environmental NGO (non-government organization)."
"I'm studying abroad in Nicaragua next semester. My program is through SIT Study Abroad, which offers field-based programs that concentrate in learning about the people and really immersing yourself in the culture. Our base will be in Managua, the capital, but we'll be living with local families in homestays and traveling. I'm hoping that I will have time to meet up with the Bucknell Brigade when they travel to Nicaragua over spring break.
"For the last four weeks of the program, we'll do independent projects. I have some ideas for my project and have been in contact with Professor Paul Susman and other people who have been involved with the Bucknell Brigade to get some ideas. One thing I'm hoping to do is get involved in the project of a film director who's filming a movie called "The Affected." It's about the awful agricultural chemicals that sugarcane and banana workers are being exposed to. Although my program is not environmentally focused, this project could relate it back to environmental studies.
"Last year, I ran Focus the Nation on the Bucknell campus, which is a nationwide teach-in on climate change. We had panels throughout the day with professors from different disciplines who focused their talks on how their area of study related to climate change. It's amazing how everything connects. It was really successful and we had a lot students come out.
"This year, we started a new program at Taylor House — a sustainable cooperative. Right now, there are 13 of us living there with the aim of living more sustainably by making small lifestyle changes. We're focusing on things like shortening shower times and composting. We have a clothesline for drying our clothes. We collect rain water in a barrel and we'll use that to support a garden where we grow some of our own vegetables and wash cars — instead of wasting more water from the faucet.
"We have family dinners each week and although a lot of students came in not knowing each other or how it was going to work out in terms of a community, it's really been great. We definitely all connected. There's a range of majors and class years, but it really worked out well."
Posted Feb. 1, 2010
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