I have always loved nature. A strenuous hike or simply a brief walk out of the city gives me a sense of renewal; a chance to breathe and a way to refresh my senses. It can be easy to lose one’s sense of connection to the natural system we’re all a part of, and that is a great disappointment to me. I find great beauty and peace in the tactile textures, the fresh, earthy smells, the wonder and satisfaction gotten from picking a ripe piece of fruit right off the branch. It’s because of this great love that I am returning to school. What I truly want to do for a living is to study the earth, work on ways to conserve its precious resources and keep our planet healthy, and to inspire the kind of love I have for nature in others. I want to be a scientist and educator who creates a sea change for our society. I don’t believe we need to do away with all the wonderful cities we’ve created, only that we need to create better systems to integrate urban landscapes and nature back together; to create a harmony and re-inspire the kind of appreciation and devotion to the earth that people need in order to protect our home. The very first step to make my dreams happen is to go back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and I begin this new journey – with much excitement – this fall semester.