Class Year: 2nd year Master’s Student
Hometown: None really, I’m an Army brat, but I was born in Augusta, GA
Please describe yourself, in fifty words or less.
I am passionate about protecting the environment and have been since I learned tigers are endangered. My favorite things are reading and interacting with wildlife. I am vegan, and have been told I’m a pretty good cook. I take my environmental policy studies seriously because I truly want to make a difference in the world.
Why did you choose the SPP degree?
I chose the SPP degree because after getting a B.S. in Biology I realized that a Master’s in Environmental Policy would allow me to use my ecology background to affect how the world works, hopefully for the better.
What is the most interesting thing you’ve done here?
Through my connections in the School of Public Policy I was able to get an internship at the Georgia Conservancy, during which I have been attending state water planning meetings. Listening to government officials create plans I can see policy theory in action.
Most interesting class so far?
Environmental Economics and Environmental Law have been my favorite classes so far because both involved analyzing actual policies, their outcomes and alternatives.
What will I be doing next?
Right now I am writing my thesis, and then the job search begins. I want to get a few years experience working in government and then go back to school for my PhD.
What are your professional goals upon graduation?
My professional goal after graduation is to use my knowledge of environmental policy and biology to obtain a position in government doing policy writing and analysis.