I went into creating my concentration thinking that I was going to double major in ENVS and Sociology/Anthropology. My original idea was to focus on energy justice on the global and local scales, but it just was not coming together in a way I was satisfied with. I wracked my brain, trying to bring the many ideas into my head together to create a cohesive topic that I felt passionate and excited about. I spent the majority of the week brainstorming for my concentration, yet it wasn't until the night before my final proposal was due that I had my breakthrough (a classic situation in college - sometimes things just don't come together until the last minute). My concentration is titled "The Politics of Greenhouse Gas Remediation among the G20 Nations" (to provide context: the G20 are the twenty richest countries in the world). If you are interested in reading my proposal, which gives a full summary about what this topic is and why I am interested in it, go to my concentration page ENVS student site. In teasing out my interests and ideas, I realized that double majoring was in fact not the right decision for me. Though I love sociology/anthropology, I am more excited thinking about politics, political economy, and international affairs. My concentration has far more to do with those topics than it does the study of individual people and cultures. I recognized that, for me, double majoring actually would restrict my academic opportunities, not expand them.
As a side note: if you are interested in the ENVS program at Lewis & Clark, explore the rest of my student site ("Grasping Environmental Studies") to read about some of the things I am doing and learning about in in ENVS 220. This site includes my synthesis posts reflecting on what I learned in the past week, my lab group's reports digesting what we completed in each of our weekly lab sessions, and has all of my concentration work. It could give you a good taste of the "ENVS experience."
|At the AASHE Student Summit|
|Myself and Annie Leonard, creator of "the Story of Stuff" and Executive Director for Green Peace|