I found that my sustainability dual major complemented my English major really well. I love the English program at UNH, and I learned a lot about strengthening my writing in general, analyzing written text, films, and other mediums, and learning how specific language can be tailored to fit the message. The sustainability dual major complemented this really well because sustainability is about analyzing complex problems and identifying possible solutions to them. This analysis-based way of thinking translated well to sustainability. In addition, most of my classes in the English major were based on individual work and growth. Even though we had interesting class discussions, we rarely did group work. Being in SUST 501 and 750 allowed me to collaborate with my classmates much more than I did in my English classes. Being a part of both programs allowed me to work towards meeting my individual goals while also learning how to work together as part of a team.
Presenting about the SDM at Accepted Students Day
Collaborating as a team is one of my most important takeaways from the dual major. I think that learning to collaborate is incredibly important no matter what career path you enter in life. Even if you’re working on your own most of the time, you will have to interact with others at some point. If you don’t know how to talk to your coworkers, take positive and constructive feedback, and follow someone else’s vision, it will be hard to thrive in any type of job. In the same vein, I’ve also learned that everyone brings their own unique perspectives to the table. This is especially important in finding solutions to sustainability challenges because they require input from a variety of different people.
In the future, I would love to work on the social media or marketing team for an environmental organization. I think social media is one of the best tools we have available to us to educate the world about how to be more sustainable. However, I think it is a tool we need to use wisely and strategically – bombarding people’s feeds with article after article might desensitize them to sustainability issues. My English background has taught me how a variety of methods, like articles, videos, and infographics, can best be used, and what types of writing to use for each one. My Sustainability background has helped me learn what these sustainability challenges are and made me more informed about how to present them to an audience, and how to work together while doing it. Another career goal of mine is to become a screenwriter and work on developing content for TV shows, films, or short films. Currently I’m writing a screenplay about climate change for my senior thesis, specifically about the bushfires that affected Australia in 2019 and 2020, and I’ve found it really rewarding to educate people in this way. My English background definitely ties into this because I have taken courses in screenwriting and playwriting at UNH. My Sustainability background connects to this as well, because screenwriting requires many different people to come together to work towards the same goal. Working in the SUST 501 and 750 groups prepared me well for this, and I am confident that I will be able to collaborate with others in whatever career I choose to pursue.
Pages from my climate change screenplay