As Commencement creeps closer and closer, the list of tasks piles high. However, it’s also a time to reflect back on my NRES career. Only three and a half years ago I enrolled in a major that sounded like it would be a good fit for me. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that both “natural resources” and “environmental science” appealed to me. Thankfully, I stumbled into a program that would allow me to assemble my own concentration, become an ambassador, sit on student panels, study abroad, live close to my grandma, and set me up for a broad range of career opportunities.
My time here at the NRES program has allowed me to explore my love and passion for sustainability. I was able to test the waters of all the concentrations and find the perfect fit for myself. The coursework and advising prepared me for internships with The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the laboratories on campus. I learned along the way that I wanted to pursue my love for these subjects further, so I will be continuing onto graduate school in the fall.
Even though I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go when I started, my time here at Purdue and NRES led me to determine my path. Graduation may seem scary and far away. Perhaps the scariest part is that my cap and gown cost $75 to rent. But really, the journey here prepares you for this time and the steps that are to come. Enjoy your time at Purdue while it’s here and take advantage of every opportunity. In fact, make your own opportunities. NRES was a great choice for me and I can’t wait to continue learning and seeing the program grow.