Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin.
Major: Environmental economics and management
Minors: Ecology and Spanish
Internship Unit: Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Have you participated in experiential learning?
I took a strategies and life skills class during Freshman College that had a service-earning component. I went to Costa Rica to study Tropical Ecology with the Odum School of Ecology.
Have you had any internships?
In May of 2018 I worked as an intern for Friends of Indian Lake in Dane County, Wisconsin. I was in charge of ecological and historical preservation and improvement in Indian Lake County Park for the month. It was an incredible experience—on my first day I burned 15 acres of land. I got to work a historical dig site, scout new trails and work on invasive species management.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I want to be an environmental policy writer, advisor and activist for a Spanish-speaking community. I would love to work internationally somewhere like Peru, Costa Rica or Argentina, but I think that there is just as much potential to make a positive difference in communities in the American Southwest.
Why did you apply for PSO Scholars?
I wanted to not only make a positive impact on Athens and the surrounding community, but make lasting connections with other students, faculty and staff who have that same passion.
What excites you most about your unit?
The mission of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government is so impressive and critical in today’s political climate. We need politicians who are trained in how to do their job, and given scientific, accurate information from an unbiased source. The potential for positive change because of CVIOG is incredibly exciting.
What do you hope to get out of this experience?
I hope to learn more about the inner workings of our governmental system—the behind-the-scenes things you can’t get from a book. I also hope that I will be able to contribute something unique to the institute so I can make an impact nobody else has made.
Why is service and outreach important to you?
I find fulfillment in serving others. I have always felt that my purpose in life to work to make the world a better place for others.
I love cycling. I am the president of the club cycling team, work at a bike shop and teach indoor cycling at Ramsey.
The Public Service & Outreach Student Scholars program provides the opportunity for a select cohort of undergraduate students to explore and engage with the University of Georgia’s public service and outreach (PSO) mission. Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, and administered through the Office of Service-Learning, this year-long program is intended to provide deeper understanding of PSO’s purpose, breadth, and depth through supervised service experiences with PSO and communities, to help students link their public service experiences with their career and educational goals, and to create a community of student scholars who understand the role of public service in Georgia and more broadly.