Coming into college, I wasn’t exactly sure on what I wanted to major in. I did have an interest in Environmental Studies, and I realized that I also had a big interest in English. At first I wanted to double major, but realized that this wasn’t going to be easy. I changed from double majoring to majoring in English and minoring in Environmental Studies, until I was convinced to go back and be a double major. I didn’t declare my majors until the very end of my sophomore year, so I had a bit of catching up to do, but it was so worth it.
ENVS as an Interdisciplinary Program
What I really appreciate about the ENVS major is that it’s an interdisciplinary program, so I was able to take a wide variety of classes ranging from history, international affairs, geology, and economics. It was really nice to be able to dip my toes into so many different subjects that I most likely wouldn’t have if I wasn’t an ENVS major.
During the fall semester of this year, I took ENVS 350, which focused on learning environmental theory in order to prepare for our capstones. One of the main things that really resonated with me from that class was that our capstones needed to be coherent and inclusive. I think that the inclusivity aspect of my capstone has benefitted significantly from being an ENVS major, along with being a double major. Having that interdisciplinary background made it a lot easier to weave together different concepts, topics, ideas, and techniques from other disciplines to create an inclusive and coherent capstone.
Skills and Lessons Learned
My time here at Lewis and Clark has required me to think critically and be an efficient researcher. As an ENVS and English double major, I’ve had to complete many research projects, write papers, and engage with people across differences. All of the work that I’ve done in college gave me the confidence that I needed to complete this capstone. Thesis papers are not an easy task, so having that experience of writing other research papers (plus another thesis paper) and thinking critically to do research projects was extremely helpful. Time management was also one of the main skills that I gained from completing a bunch of other work as an ENVS major.
I have had an amazing time in college, even with all of the chaos and uncertainty that is going on with the pandemic right now. My experience at Lewis and Clark has been very rewarding, fulfilling, and transformative, however it was by no means easy. I was pushed outside of my comfort zone and challenged in every possible way, but it was all worth it, as I feel that I have accomplished so much, including this capstone that represents an accumulation of everything that I have learned and worked hard for over the past 4 years.