Coming into college as a geography major, I was interested in learning about the world in a broad sense — including both the physical and human forces affecting it as well as major issues facing humans and ecosystems today. I began to delve deeper into my classes and studied conservation biology and sustainability in Australia and New Zealand through Virginia Tech’s remarkable Hokie’s Abroad program, where I had the opportunity to experience the natural world’s immense beauty embodied in places like the Great Barrier Reef and geothermal wonders of Rotorua, New Zealand.
As a result, my focus narrowed to the topics of sustainability and water, and I picked up minors in sustainable natural environments and watershed management in addition to geographic information science. This combination provides me with a solid foundation with the potential to pursue several different elds since I have not yet discovered what speci cally I am most passionate about within these topics.
I am so excited to be enrolled in the Leadership Institute this year! Good leadership is an important quality to have in all stages and roles of life, but it is especially crucial for young adults emerging in the professional world wanting to excel. I hope to gain both a deeper knowledge of myself as well as methods for conducting myself ef ciently and effectively in collaboration with others to help make a difference in water resources and sustainability.