Major: Conservation & Restoration Ecology
Expected Graduation: December 2017
My interest in studying the environment was informally introduced to me at Camp Owasippe. It was in the woods and lake there that I ate wild spearmint, learned to paddle on the water, and first reflected on my life goals, no less accompanied by a herd of deer. I’ve taken the lessons learned at camp tried my best to continuously apply them to my life
I have since planned and assisted numerous restoration projects both at Loyola and in the greater Chicagoland community, removing invasive species at sites like the Morton Arboretum for example.
Currently, I am co-opting an educational, hands-on project focusing on Native Ecosystems and their ecological significance. For first semester, we’re working on the education aspect of the project by organizing a expert panel discussion at the very least. For second semester, we hope to continue our efforts by increasing the variety of native plants on the Loyola campus. We’ve identified a few key locations on campus where we’d like to plant new natives such as common and butterfly milkweed, a plant necessary for the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly.
I aim to be an approachable resource for the Loyola community in my position as Vice President, as a student and community member, as well as at my job at Ramble Outdoors, whose mission is to connect student in an urban setting to the environment through outdoor activities.
Getting to be the VP is such a fantastic opportunity since I get to reach more people and better grow as an environmentalist in Loyola’s constantly changing socio-environmental climate.