I was drawn to St. Lawrence for its study abroad program, sense of community, and excellent science programs. I have always had a great respect for the environment and after my First Year Seminar with Dr. Jon Rosales that focused on climate change and the end of oil, I realized that my academic interests were deeply rooted in environmental studies. This April I will be attending Power Shift 2011, where thousands of young leaders from around the country gather to push our government toward a more sustainable and cleaner future by shifting away from dirty energy sources and severing the link between big corporations and our democracy. This summer I will be studying abroad in Kenya participating in two courses: one which focuses on conservation efforts in the media through photography of the natural world, and another which looks at the debates and management problems in preserving Kenya’s national parks and their rich biodiversity.
As a part of the First Year Program at St. Lawrence, each first-year student is required to write a research paper in the spring relating to the topic of their FYS. The paper I wrote focused on how climate change is predicted to expand the range and reach of many infectious diseases, increasing the chance of infection globally. Dr. Rosales shared my paper with one of his colleagues and St. Lawrence graduate, Michael Brubaker, who works with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and is co-director of the Center for Climate and Health. Mr. Brubaker intends to include my paper in one of their upcoming editions of Climate and Health E-News, and also intends to share it with his colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control, Arctic Investigations Program.