Sydney Kahl | St. Lawrence University Environmental Studies

Sydney Kahl

Portrait of Sydney Kahl
Class year: 
Environmental Studies-English
Outdoor Studies
Plymouth, New Hampshire

St. Lawrence has been a great place for me to pursue my interests, especially in the field of environmental studies. Canton, New York is close to the Adirondacks, which has served as a fun outdoor classroom. At St. Lawrence I have taken many interesting environmental science and policy courses including Land Use Change in the Adirondacks, Energy and the Environment, Recreation Ecology, Climate Change Policy and Advocacy, and Trans-boundary Wildlife.

My interest in the environmental studies major stems from my love of the outdoors, as I enjoy hiking, camping, and paddling. I pursued my interest in environmental studies and the outdoors while participating in the Adirondack semester in my sophomore year. During that semester I lived without technology or running water.  Living in the Adirondacks that semester fostered a love of the Adirondack Park and mountains. Over that period I developed an interest in environmental writing and decided to minor in creative writing in addition to my outdoor studies minor.

Along with my studies, I am involved in the theme house community as a member of Commons College which emphasizes  community learning and involvement.  I work for the Calling All Saints program developing alumni relationships, am a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, and have been a first-year pre-trip leader in the Adirondacks during my junior and senior years.  Whenever I have spare time I love to get outdoors and hike in the Adirondacks.

During the spring of my junior year I had the amazing opportunity to study in New Zealand.  While there I learned about the native people, the Maori, and participated in a multitude of outdoor recreation activities. Through these experiences I was able to compare and contrast the Adirondacks with the Southern Alps in New Zealand. An expedition grant from St. Lawrence University enabled me to finish hiking the 48 mountains over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire, my home state. My goal is to teach outdoor education right after graduation and then go on to pursue a career in environmental writing.