I like to consider the interdisciplinary degree that ENVS advertises as something that has benefitted from my double major. With the previous major design, it seemed most sensible to me to pursue a double major, in order to avoid the work that came with a concentration. My SOAN major ended up being less trouble than a concentration would’ve been, thanks to my transferred credits from my previous university. When the major changed partway into my second year at Lewis & Clark, I was a bit disappointed that the opportunity to completely forgo a concentration hadn’t been presented sooner, because it was the only reason I became a double major to begin with. If this option had been presented sooner, I would have been able to graduate earlier than I currently am, saving me upwards of $10,000 in loans, not to mention avoiding this whole “Zoom University” fiasco.
But alas, this is the timeline we live in, where I have $27,000 in loans that I will of course begin deferring when they start pestering me in November. I am still woefully unemployed, and have been for 4 weeks now, though the unemployment offices of Oregon have yet to send me any benefits. My job is offering me the opportunity to come in next week, though I would be working with the general public in conditions that make my pneumonia-prone lungs shrivel. I will graduate in an online commencement that I did not bother to send photos to, because I will not be watching it, and neither will my family. They are a bit older and don’t have the Zoom capabilities my generation was born with. These capabilities are certainly something that has been fostered by my time at Lewis & Clark, in both the SOAN and ENVS departments.
The most obvious benefit to my current capstone is the fact that I already had written one. Yes, the requirements and process are a bit different in the SOAN department, though my writing process has remained pretty much constant. I personally pride myself on my writing abilities, and am glad that my capstone presented an opportunity for me to stretch them once again. My focus on ecotoerrorism in both capstones was partially fostered by Bruce Podobnik’s interest in radical environmental activism, so it is worth mentioning his role throughout these past few years, and especially this semester as I was preparing for my defense. This topic was chosen because it represents a simple connection between sociology and environmental studies.