Month: June 2017

How Earth Day Changed My Life

Currently, I’m hiking in the Appalachian Mountains and have internet once a day-if that, so I haven’t been able to do my usual researched posts.  I figured I could at least tell y’all more about me and how I got interested in saving the Earth!

In the first grade, I heard of Earth Day for the first time — I mean shouldn’t everyday on Earth be Earth Day?  I participated in a play for Earth Day.  The ideas, of course, were oversimplified for my peers and me to understand, but learning that we were all destroying the Earth bothered me more than my friends.  I remember running back home and telling my mom, “We have to take shorter showers!” and “We have to recycle!” I learned that my small town in Mississippi did not even have a place to recycle within a 45-minute drive.  Since those were the only two methods I had learned to save the Earth, I was very let down.  I told my mom we had to leave Mississippi immediately; how was I supposed to save the Earth in a place that doesn’t even have somewhere to recycle?

On Earth Day four years later, I learned about solar power.  I realized that there was more I could do besides taking short showers. Something clicked in my head and I knew I wanted to use my math and science skills to help the Earth.  For years, I looked at universities at least a flight away from Mississippi that would actually have recycling bins all over campus; I dreamed of going to a university where like-minded individuals would surround me.  During my last year of high school, I realized that running from my home simply because it seemed so detrimental to the Earth did not make sense. Mississippi presents so many great opportunities to educate and work to better the Earth.  This is how I arrived at the decision to go to the University of Mississippi.

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speaking at an event at The University of Mississippi

When I got to campus, I was beyond pleased to find recycling bins all over campus.  I found a home in the Office of Sustainability and a family in the students of environmental studies.  Of course, we are a minority on my campus, but I believe we are growing.  My classes have exposed me to environmental issues in ways I would have never imagined. In my engineer courses, we have discussed issues related to pollution.  We have discussed how the pull of being cost-effective often outweighs the pull of being kind to the Earth.  In international studies courses, we have discussed how water security can affect communities across the world.  Millions of people live without clean water everyday, and surprisingly, some of these people are in my own hometown. In my German classes, we have discussed how different legislation in Germany creates a completely different economic environment.  They are able to continue economic development while maintaining relatively healthy communities and a healthy environment.

I am currently working on my undergraduate degrees in Physics and German.  After graduation, I intend on pursuing a graduate degree in renewable energy in Europe.  I’ve got a couple years before that decision, though, so we will see where I end up!  At the root of it all, I hope to spend the rest of my life researching ways to improve how we treat our home, the Earth.  I do not want to have a narrow view of environmentalism that only included renewable energy, which is why I created this blog.  It is a good place to store all my thoughts surrounding a wide range of topics about the environment and great motivation to research and think harder than I ever have before!

 

Mystery Blogger Award

Rules of Award:

  1. Put the award/logo image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10-20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

 

Thank you Zheng Fan for nominating me!  I was very surprised!  I didn’t even know these were a thing — I starting this blog at the beginning of this month so I’m pretty new.

Zheng Fan’s Questions:

  1. Who is your one favourite public person (in the history of mankind)? Why? I’m not sure if she’s necessarily my favorite public person in the history of mankind, but Angela Merkel really inspires me!  She got her undergraduate degree in physics (which is what I’m going for) and she got awards for becoming fluent in Russian during that time (which is what I’ve done with German).  She has became very powerful — she’s the first female chancellor of Germany.  She has worked a lot for the environment (in my opinion as a foreigner)!  I think at least from the surface this is what I would like to do!
  2. What is your one favourite song? Why?  My favorite song is Maps by The Front Bottoms!  I love all of their music and have some of their buttons and pins on my backpack and jacket!  But I especially love and relate to this song because it’s about dreaming of traveling and seeing new things but everyone from your small town not understanding.
  3. Define yourself in less than 15 words?  I am an awkward tree-hugging gay vegan feminist bookworm.
  4. What is the one most important trait you look for in a partner?  Understanding (also funny, calm, environmentally conscious, and frugal)
  5. What is life to you?  I’ve been floating around trying to figure this out for a while and I don’t think I’ll ever know!

Shout out to Okoto Engima for creating this award. Click here to know more about her ideas for creating the Mystery Blogger Award.

3 Things About Me:

  • I’m a Cancer
  • I turn 20 today
  • I’ve been in classes teaching a bunch of languages!  Mandarin Chinese, German, Spanish, Russian, French, and American Sign Language!

My 10 12 Nominees

Rosaliene

Iris

Onyx Natasha

Verena

Lana

Busy Mom (sorry I don’t know her name!)

Clare

Pam

Lowcountry Hippie (once again, sorry I don’t know her name!)

Marissa

Pete

Julia

Y’all have really encouraged me in my very short blog journey so far!

My 5 Questions for My Nominees

  1. If you could travel anywhere (no financial or time constraints), where would it be?
  2. Who would you bring with you?
  3. If you wrote any book, what would it be about?
  4. What would you title it?
  5. In your ultimate sandwich, what would you put in/on it?

My Best Post

I think Recycling: Good or Bad?, because I learned so much while researching this!  And I think it’s really interesting!

This was really fun to tell y’all about me!