When I came to UNH, I was unsure of what I wanted my major to be, therefore my major was undeclared. When I had heard about the sustainability dual major, I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of that. The next step was to find a primary major to compliment the dual major. Being a fan of history and English, I decided to pick Political Science as my primary major. I didn’t realize at the time, but the blend of these two majors was perfect for me. I realized change has to occur within our political system, and there would be no better way than to learn about how it truly works. A big part of sustainability that stuck with me was the concept of Environmental Justice. After realizing certain communities were facing certain inequalities just because of their background, I knew that something could be done.
A major takeaway I learned through my dual major experience was to not forget there are like-minded individuals out there that have the same passion. I have come across to many people that don’t care for the environment, or even acknowledge that climate change is truly happening. Along with that, the dual major experience showed me how to work with other people who come from a different educational experiences as well as backgrounds. I know that learning to work with diverse groups will help me immensely in the future. Speaking of the future, I hope to work as an environmental policy analyst, or to be a part of a non-profit doing climate initiatives. Over the summer, I had an internship at Foundation for a Green Future, a non-profit based in Boston. I was an environmental policy assistant to one of the volunteers within the company, who was an environmental policy analyst. While there, I learned a lot of her duties, and also helped to set up their annual Boston Green Fest, a arts festival that promotes sustainability by having different environmental conscious companies exhibit their work. Below is a photo of the Green Fest logo.