Shelly was drawn to St. Lawrence’s active and motivated student population, both in terms of academics and extra-curricular activities. In her freshman year, she joined the softball team, as well as the Outdoor Program Guide Program, where she focused on backcountry and telemark skiing and white water kayaking. Shelly became involved with the Ski Club and helped organize weekly ski trips, recruited members, sold T-shirts, and even co-hosted a rail jam.
On the academic side, she was a government major, but appreciated the range of course St. Lawrence offered to fill requirements- from Musics of the World to Public Speaking. During her semester abroad in New Zealand, she realized how much the environment meant to her. Not only did she want to study it, she wanted to make a career out of protecting it. She learned about the environmental studies-government combined major option and immediately figured out how she could fulfill the requirements in her last three semesters. She focused her studies on climate change and attended 13th Conference of the Parties of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with fellow student and roommate Kate Olsen ’08 and Dr. Jon Rosales. Her senior independent project analyzed three states climate change legislation. These experiences helped prepare her for her professional life after St. Lawrence.