When I arrived at Warren Wilson College in the fall of 2004 as a wide-eyed Freshman I knew I was about to embark on an exciting journey which would largely influence the rest of my life, but really I had no idea.
Ever since I can recall I have had a strong affinity for the outdoors and a deep-rooted feeling of obligation to take care of and protect the environment. And so it was largely because of the dedication to environmental education, action and stewardship that led me to choose Warren Wilson to be the institution that would challenge and guide me through the next four years of my college career.
During my time at Warren Wilson I learned about environmental activism and sustainability in the classroom, I experienced "hands-on" learning in my work at the Environmental Leadership Center and I was reminded of its relativity and importance on daily hikes in the woods or watching the morning fog roll through the Swannanoa Valley.
In May of this year I graduated from Warren Wilson with a desire to go out in the world and put all of the knowledge and experience that WWC provided me with to work. This September I started my first "real job" as Program Assistant for The National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program at their National Headquarters in Reston, VA. Now I get to work with college and university campuses across the United States in understanding their role in curbing global warming and helping the environment by supporting them in their efforts to make a change.
So here I am, four years later embarking on another "journey" but I know for certain that because of the well-rounded and unique education that I received from Warren Wilson I am prepared for the ride!
For more information about NWF's Campus Ecology Program and to see how you can get involved, visit: http://www.nwf.org/campusecology