My passion for environmentalism started like a match being thrown on gasoline; all of a sudden something inside me ignited and the fiery passion was there. The passion was not always there, so let’s take a step back and see how I got to this point.
When I was 18 I took my first trip abroad with my best friend to visit her family in Denmark and Sweden. I was terrified to be flying alone across the world to meet up with her since she was already there but unbeknownst to me that fear would quickly disappear and I would spend up until this point of my life, and I’m sure for the rest of my life, planning my next adventure. Every year since I have dedicated annual international trips with a goal to reach 30 countries by the time I’m 30 and so far, I’m on track to achieve my goal. If you couldn’t tell already, traveling was my first passion. Solo traveling has inspired me in so many ways that I did not even know was possible and has opened many doors of opportunity within myself. It truly shaped me into the person that I am today. Meeting new people and learning about their culture helps me to feel connected in ways I never would have imagined. We all live very different lives from each other with many different life paths but the biggest thing we have in common is that we all live on Earth and need to take care of our planet to survive.
On a spontaneous night in 2017 I decided to follow my dream of living abroad by applying to a study abroad program through the community college I was attending. The next thing I knew I was on a plane heading to Barcelona, Spain. It was here that I took a biology class about climate change which sparked my passion for environmentalism and changed my life forever. As I think back on my experience in this class I can feel my emotions all over again. I felt anger for the situation we put the world in. I felt confusion about why people are not doing more. I felt a strong desire to create a change and bring awareness to the climate crisis we face. I don’t think the professor, Steve, knew how much of an impact he made on me during that semester but because of him and that class I changed my career goal to focus on environmentalism and what I can do to protect our planet.
At the time, when I studied in Spain, I was an esthetician trying to find the next career move for myself. Luckily for me I was able to find my passion and plan for a career in environmentalism early on in the higher education portion of my life. Fast forward a few years, I have graduated from community college with an Associates of Marketing degree and now I am, once again, attending university abroad completing a Bachelor of International Business program. One thing that has not changed about my career goals is that I love the business aspect of my degrees and plan to use that to my advantage in working in the environmentalism field.
The biggest takeaways that I have learned from my experiences is to take chances, always believe in yourself, and go after your passions. There is so much to learn about and see in the world but if no one does anything to fight the climate crisis we face today, there will be no tomorrow. “The greatest threat to our planet Is the belief that someone else will save it.” -Robert Swan OBE.