I knew after taking AP Environmental Science as a junior in high school at that I would major in environmental science. After being accepted to UNC, I had the chance to meet with Professor Gangi and decided immediately that this was the program for me. The environmental science major allows me to gain a wide breadth of knowledge in all aspects of the environment. One of the best parts of my experience at UNC has been the practical applications that the professors emphasize. It was with Dr. Gangi’s guidance that I decided to go to the Flathead Lake Biological Station the summer after my freshman year and then to The University of Auckland in New Zealand in the fall of 2015.
After joining Epsilon Eta in my freshman year, I was able to meet some of the most passionate and active members of UNC’s environmental community. As current public service chair, I love the opportunities available to me to organize service events that benefit UNC and the Chapel Hill community. From volunteering at the Carolina Campus Community Gardens to helping Carolina Dining Services promote composting in Lenoir, the students affiliated with Epsilon Eta help to improve sustainability and represent the quality of environmental education received at Carolina. Since joining A Drink for Tomorrow as an on-campus outreach coordinator, taking GIS courses and taking Amy Cooke’s Water Resource Management and Human Rights, I hope to pursue a career that combines hydrology with water access awareness.