What is your previous work experience?
"Having just graduated from Wake Forest University prior to joining the Nicholas School, much of my previous experience stems from research endeavors and internships.  Most recently, I served as the Climate and Energy Marketing intern for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), working to create written and visual materials promoting TNC research, projects, and engagement within North Carolina.
In the summer of 2017, I conducted original research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and produced an analysis report and evidence map of data density following a literature review on air quality risk messaging effectiveness.  

During my undergraduate studies, I held two individual internships as well a staff position with the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability.  I spent a year in which I enacted a sustainable dining campaign on campus, determining student knowledge of their dietary environmental impact and improving visibility of sustainable options.  In the two years that followed, I worked as first a news intern and then a staff writer for the Office, developing high impact articles to promote environmental literacy in the Wake Forest Community.  "

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I chose the Nicholas School primarily due to the interdisciplinary nature of the MEM.  Unlike many graduate programs, which tend to be very tightly focused on one area of study, I saw Duke as an opportunity to hone my knowledge within my concentration while also exploring a variety of environmental approaches and perspectives.  I look forward to taking advantage of the vast network of people, information, and resources that the Nicholas School has to offer.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I am particularly interested in the creation of intersectional legislation, which mitigates climate change while also helping communities balance sustainable economics with safeguarding human and environmental health.  While at Duke, I will complete my MEM with a concentration in Environmental Economics and Policy.  I also plan to attain a certificate in either Community-Based Environmental Management or Climate Change Science and Applications. 

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am very much looking forward to deepening my understanding of environmental issues and solutions, to taking advantage of opportunities for field research, conference attendance, and networking, and to further refining what I wish to accomplish throughout a future career in environmental protection.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I plan to pursue a career in climate policy development, working to combat its most pressing causes and repercussions in a manner which ensures alleviation of environmental injustices.

Personal thanks:
From the time I first heard about the MEM degree, I knew I wanted to complete my master’s at the Nicholas School; I was worried, however, about being able to afford the costs of attendance.  I am thrilled to have been chosen to receive funding from the Nicholas Scholars program, and I want to express my utmost thanks for your generous support of my continuing education.  I am so excited to be able to both learn from and contribute to Duke’s wonderful network of people and resources.  I know that my time here will be integral to achieving my professional goals and will allow me to work toward making a positive impact on our global environment and society.  Thank you once again for your incredible generosity.

Career interests

Climate change adaptation and mitigation, public policy analysis and development, air quality/pollution, environmental justice, sustainable agriculture