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After finishing the Environmental Studies program, I moved to Portland, Oregon to intern at Metro, a regional government and metropolitan planning organization. I am working on the GIS and cartographic applications of the Regional Transportation Plan, one which focuses on improving aspects of safety, reliability and accessibility of transportation in the Portland Metropolitan region. One of my passions is using cartography to work towards a healthy and just world, and by having Metro focus on providing equal access to safe and sustainable transportation utilizes and excites my passion. The Environmental Studies program provided me with the knowledge on aspects of environmental inequality and the passion to continue working towards a world I would like to see.

Everyday I really am thinking about my impact on the environment and the people. ... The passion and energy [ENST faculty] put into my education was not wasted a bit. I absorbed every drop and will be passing it along. ... I don't know what I will be doing in the distant future, but I will be doing it for the planet and the people before I will ever do it for mine or someone else's selfishness.

The program made me realize my passion for social justice. And the focus of my life passions have gone from wanting to save the environment, to wanting to save the people living in it. I highly suggest this major for prospective students because it teaches you important perspectives on environmental discourse, which is becoming more and more extremely important in the ever changing world we live in today.