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Undergraduate Student

Kaylyn Duda

Meteorology and Geography

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

  • Minors: Leadership; Spanish; Diversity and Community Engagement

Hiking, running, camping, climbing, and embarking on outdoor adventures excite me. These experiences give me the ability to appreciate the environment recreationally. Volunteering domestically and abroad enables me to appreciate the environment agriculturally. Reading books and learning more about the diverse facets of sustainability allows me to realize how education is incredibly important and necessary.

When I volunteered in both Kentucky and Mexico this past summer, I recognized how immensely the environment affects lives. As a young adult double majoring in meteorology and geography, I possessed knowledge on the background and demographics of the two areas. This knowledge greatly expanded as I engaged the community. In Kentucky, the family I helped resided in a former coal-mining town. In Ensenada, Mexico, I worked with subsistence farmers. How these communities allocated and used natural resources was a reflection of their values.

I value the interconnectedness of sustainability in terms of its environmental, economic, and social components. We are significantly affected not only by the environment but also by the impact others have on the environment. This impact inspires me to learn more about sustainability and environmental ethics.

The Leadership Institute will facilitate and add depth to this learning process. With new knowledge and innovative ideas, I will pursue giving and serving. My majors are supplemented by a pursuit of three minors: Leadership, Spanish, and Diversity and Community Engagement. Graduate school, the Peace Corps, Teach For America, and USAID would all be incredible opportunities for growth, training, and development. I am confident that the Leadership Institute will further prepare me to think critically and communicate effectively. I embrace and look forward to expanding my global view of leadership in order to gain insight into the diversity of sustainable approaches.

Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Leader Scholarship
  • First Year Experience Course Peer Mentor
  • Pamplin Leadership Award

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