Since I began my journey at Lewis & Clark College back in September 2016, I knew the importance of senior capstones and that throughout my entire time at Lewis & Clark I would work on something valuable to me specifically. In the fall of 2017 I took ENVS 220, also known as Environmental Analysis. At the time, the course was mostly geared towards developing your concentration surrounding Environmental Studies (now classified as areas of interest), and submitting them for approval. This whole process shaped my entire college career, specifically regarding the courses I would take.
I was always interested in freshwater resources as a whole, and throughout the entire process of developing my concentration in ENVS 220 and later in ENVS 350 in the spring of 2018 I wanted to focus on how populations deal with aquifer and groundwater depletion. Two years later, taking ENVS 499 and now ENVS 400, I am producing a capstone with a similar focus: “How can populations deal with freshwater scarcity?” Everything I have learned throughout my time at Lewis & Clark, as well as summer internships back in the Coachella Valley in California, has provided me with important insight on what elements to add to my capstone.
Although a significant amount of my capstone is completed, there is still a good chunk of work to complete before the May deadline. I have spent the majority of my semester working on my capstone, however I have spent a good amount of time on my other courses and job applications and interviews. Due to this semester being my last as an undergrad, I have been working hard on my plans post-graduation, with the best scenario finding a job related to my interests and skills.
Unfortunately, the situation with COVID-19 has put a damper on my and many others regarding our post-graduation plans, and has made it more challenging to find entry-level jobs and internships. The situation regarding the virus has also affected my thoughts on how my capstone will be involved with my life and career post-graduation. I have recently heard back from a few companies and businesses regarding my job application, and have been told that because of the economic impacts of the coronavirus on their company they have put the hiring of entry-level jobs and internships on hold.
Right now, I am uncertain about what I will be doing after I graduate and if my capstone would have any relevance to that. However, I am hopeful that after this all goes away I will manage to fit my capstone into my life better.