Sena McCrory

Sena McCrory

What is your previous work experience?
"I spent my first two and a half years post-college working as a sustainable farm apprentice on farms in Virginia, Maine, Pennsylvania and New York. On these farms I learned organic farming practices, harvested 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables, led farm tours, butchered chickens, milked goats, shaped 900 loaves of bread in a day, learned the art of artisan cheesemaking, and built relationships with farmers and market customers.
After moving back to my hometown in North Carolina, I sought out more opportunities to engage with and educate my community about nature and the outdoors first as an afterschool teacher and most recently as the Program Coordinator with Catawba Lands Conservancy. As Program Coordinator, I created and led a series of educational hikes, bike rides and kayak trips to introduce participants to the importance of land conservation and to empower each of them to get outside and enjoy the trails and waterways of our region."

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I knew that the Nicholas School MEM program would help me gain the skills and the network I need to push forward in my career. My meaningful interactions with faculty, staff, and current students at the Nicholas School during my campus visit convinced me that this was the right place for me.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I plan to develop my knowledge of toxicology, epidemiology, and geospatial analysis to focus my studies on spatial analysis and visual representation of urban and regional environmental health issues. Through my work experience, I have discovered that I enjoy communicating scientific topics to a non-science audience -  I believe that by crafting scientifically dense, yet intuitive maps I can more effectively communicate environmental concerns to a broader audience and thereby instigate positive change at a community level.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I plan to develop my knowledge of toxicology, epidemiology, and geospatial analysis to focus my studies on spatial analysis and visual representation of urban and regional environmental health issues. Through my work experience, I have discovered that I enjoy communicating scientific topics to a non-science audience -  I believe that by crafting scientifically dense, yet intuitive maps I can more effectively communicate environmental concerns to a broader audience and thereby instigate positive change at a community level.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
In a few years I see myself working with a local municipality, NGO or research institute to analyze environmental health challenges and find long-term solutions that will support healthy, ecologically diverse urban communities.

Personal thanks:
I am so honored to be a Nicholas Scholar - I give my sincere thanks to you for your donation to support my continued education here at the Nicholas School. Receiving this award made the difficult decision to return to school so much easier, but the real impact of your donation will be seen when I am able to choose a career that is meaningful and impactful. Saving the world is not a lucrative pursuit, but this scholarship will allow me to pursue my studies and future career with whole-hearted dedication.

Thank you for your support and for believing in my potential. 

Employment Sought:
Internships

Contact

sena.mccrory@duke.edu

Graduation Date

May 2020

Languages

English