My name is Catherine Micinilio and I am a Community and Environmental Planning major with a dual major in Sustainability. I am from Trumbull, Connecticut and have lived there my entire life. I love to travel, and I was able to further my sustainability studies on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia during the Spring semester of 2019. I am a PADI certified scuba diver, which allowed me to explore the Great Barrier Reef and its incredible ecosystems and biodiversity. My family has blessed me with the opportunity to travel the world since I was born, and I think this is where my deep appreciation for the environment and the sustainability of the world’s complex ecosystems comes from. I came into college as an undeclared student, and decided to take an introductory environmental course just out of curiosity. I learned about the careless destruction of precious ecosystems and it always seemed as though a few people were often gaining monetarily at the expense of many. A burning sensation grew in my stomach as I learned day after day about the unjust treatment of the environment, and how this impacted living beings that could not defend themselves. I learned that this burning sensation within me would continue to grow, and this is where I found my passion; my purpose. The Sustainability Dual Major values the balance of economic, environmental, and social aspects to ensure the longevity of life on Earth. I hope to eventually go to law school to become an environmental lawyer so that I may speak for those who do not have a voice, and hold people accountable for their actions through policy.
Here's my reflection on Sustainability 401.
Here's my reflection on Sustainability 501