It may sound cheesy, but something that has made my DePaul experience memorable is being passionate about what I am studying and being surrounded by peers and professors who share this passion. When I came to college I did not think I would be majoring in Environmental Studies because I wrote it off as being too difficult and wrote myself off as being not smart enough. I worked my way through a variety of majors before finally realizing what I was meant to be doing, and that is studying the environment. The restoration and preservation of the planet is the most important thing in the world to me, and being able to study what I love most every day is such a meaningful experience.
Without my professors encouraging me to declare an
Environmental Studies major and the support of my friends and family, I would
probably still be stuck in a major I am not proud of. I am thankful I decided
to take a leap of faith and declare a major I was extremely intimidated by
because I have gained such an immense amount of knowledge and experience in
this process. Nothing compares to the feeling of talking with a professor about
a rainforest we both visited in Costa Rica and felt connected to or talking
with my peers about the actions we take to help the planet. Within my own circle
of friends I am often referred to as the crazy environmentalist, but within my
classes, many of my peers share the same mindset as me. They are an inspiration
to me and we all encourage each other to do more for the environment. Since my
major is so closely intertwined with my daily lifestyle, it is important to me
that I’m surrounded by people who share my struggles, passions, and triumphs.
Struggling through three-hour labs has not been a walk in the park, but all of
my hard work will pay off when I graduate with a degree I’m proud of and am
excited to use.