Essay

I want to do a lot in my life and I feel like I have a good start towards my aspirations and goals. For a person of my age I think I know a lot more than most people do about what they want to do in life and college. While a lot of my friends are still trying to figure out what they want to major in for college I am pretty set in what I want to do. For almost as long as I can remember I have enjoyed being in nature and building things. I built legos, model airplanes, and even desks and a basketball hoop. This is where my interest in making things came from, however as I grew older I became more interested in how things work and where they came from, which resulted in me getting more into science.

My family has always been outdoorsy; growing up in New England, we went on hikes and walks in the mountains and tended to walk and bike to as many places we could. When we moved to Delaware I still enjoyed hiking and biking and also started to enjoy learning more about different things in the environment, from the flora and fauna to different types of soil and how to prevent erosion. Junior year of high school really helped me realize even more what I wanted to major in for college. I took AP Environmental Science that year, and even though it was cut short due to Coronavirus, I still knew what I wanted to do the rest of my life.

Environmental science encapsulates two large parts of my identity: my interest in nature and the environment, and my more scientific side. I could learn how things are made and what makes up different types of soil and organisms while also being outside in nature. There are few things that I could think of that I would rather do more, both now and for my foreseeable future. I want to go to college and get a bachelor's degree in environmental science before going on to graduate school and getting a Ph.D. in environmental science or a related subject. I then want to go on to help the environment by finding new ways to clean water, reduce pollution, and if possible try and solve the climate crisis. I know that this is one of the most important careers right now as the global temperatures are rising at an unprecedented level, but I also know that I will enjoy trying to save the one thing that all people have in common, mother earth.

I have already been doing as much as I can to learn more about environmental science and the environment itself. This includes being the president of the environmental club at my school which led a walkout about climate change last year and was featured in Delaware Online. I had to do extensive research and communicate with the administration as well as news agencies to make this go smoothly. While doing this, I learned a lot about the fight against climate change and those who are helping to lead it. I hope to be able to do something to help stop climate change and subsequent consequences by following a career in environmental science.

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