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I will be organizing and leading volunteers and student workers on farm projects and tasks and be in charge of one area of work on the farm. I will learn about sustainable food system initiatives, experiencing place-based living and observing how the environment changes seasonally.
How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?
Dickinson has prepared me by giving me real-world experiences in my classes through community-engagement projects that are important to me and have an impact on the Carlisle community. For example, we wrote grants for the Fresh Match program for Farmer's on the Square Farmers Market in [Assistant] Professor [of Environmental Studies Heather] Bedi's Environment in Society class. This semester, as part of the Baird Sustainability Colloquium, we continued this endeavor by raising funds through campus initiatives. These projects have made me feel connected to the community and have made me realize how special a place Carlisle is and the importance of building relationships with community members. Dickinson also has given me the opportunity to meet and become friends with people from such a wide variety of backgrounds from my first day on campus. I also am thankful for all the incredible speakers that Dickinson has brought to campus in my time here. I have been extremely lucky to attend many lectures related to my interest in environmental studies and even lectures outside of my major. Also, studying abroad was extremely important in my Dickinson career, and I am thankful that Dickinson allows students to go on partner programs, such as SFS. My experience at SFS Tanzania was one of the most fond memories of my Dickinson career and has helped give me insight into the type of work I'd like to do post graduation—community partnerships, education and engagement.
Summer 2017 internship at the Union Square Farmers Market (USFM) in Somerville, Massachusetts as a market manager intern: Responsible for assisting the vendors with set-up and break-down before and after market; responsible for posting on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook throughout the week leading up to the market and during the market; formed relationships with vendors and frequent customers; assisted with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aka food stamps) transactions and disseminating information regarding various market programs for SNAP recipients. My internship at USFM helped me realize the importance of fresh, local food and honed my interest in sustainable food systems.
What are you most anticipating about your future?
I am excited to do hands-on work and actually use the skills I've learned at school in the real world. It will be refreshing to see that the past four years of hard work have paid off. I am confident that Dickinson has prepared me well for post-graduation.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
Studying abroad in Tanzania was an incredible experience. The school work was rigorous, but it was extremely rewarding and so cool to actually do experiments in the field and apply what we were learning in the classroom out in the field. It was also so enjoyable because we were a part of the community—we lived in the community, made friends with the locals and felt welcomed into the village. In addition, being part of the cross country and track and field teams has been integral to my experience at Dickinson. After competing in three seasons every year for the past four years, it is fair to say that my Dickinson experience would not be the same without Coach Nichter or the team. Running has helped me succeed in the classroom at Dickinson, and being a part of such an incredible group of people has helped me to grow as a leader, teammate and runner.
Published April 12, 2018