"I think the Environmental Studies Program has taught me how much I value the community of our field. Above anything else that the program taught me, I feel like I made and grew some of the best relationships I’ve had with anyone in college. In turn, those relationships enabled me to pursue everything else I did in college.
Through the program, I’ve seen firsthand how impactful local, dedicated organizations and individuals can be for the health of a community’s environment. I especially appreciate the locally focused perspective I think I’ve gained over the last four years. Reading environmental news at a global scale is terrifying, paralyzing and important. For 99% of us, though, the best and most important work we can do is improving our own community, and I’m thankful for those who have dedicated their lives to doing so.
I’m set to pursue a master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Climate Finance at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland on a Mitchell scholarship. This opportunity came as a result of being one of KU’s nominees for the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships last year. Afterwards, I hope to help bridge public and private sector action on climate change and rapidly scale and accelerate the world's transition to renewable energy."
"The Environmental Studies program has provided me with some of the best professors I could have. I have also grown more fond with the environment, our planet, and the plants and animal species that we interact with every day.
After graduating, I will be continuing my work at an insurance company, helping people protect their livelihoods. I hope to one day get into claims (specifically storm claims) and going out to investigate damages after a storm has gone through a town; helping the community as much as possible. This last semester is not how I was planning for it to go but I will forever be thankful for the experiences the Environmental Studies Program here at KU has given me and I will always look back on these memories with new friends and professors and do my best to serve the planet, saving one animal species at a time!"
"My advice for KU students is don't be afraid to change your major, and take a good look at all the different options. I changed majors twice, and I never knew my current degree was even offered until I actually read the long list of majors. I went into college wanting to be a scientist, but now I'm headed to law school, so don't be afraid to change your plans!"
- Sunny Bitner
"The things I'll miss most about KU and Lawrence are KU basketball and all of the local coffee shops. In this photo, I'm with my best friend, Allie Heiner. This was taken in 2018 after the KU/OSU basketball game in Stillwater, OK. I sat with the band for most of the home basketball games, so it was really fun to see one as a student."
- Abagael Pruitt
"The thing I will miss most about KU is feeling the pride of being a KU student as I walk down Jayhawk Boulevard everyday between classes."
"The great thing about the environmental studies program offered at the University of Kansas is that there is such a wide range of material subjects the curriculum has to offer. From geology to biology, this major allowed me to study what interests me and learn how they relate together in an environmental context.
Upon graduation, I plan to be a traveling missionary in developing countries where I would help them practice sustainability with their natural resources and spread the gospel along the way."
"The most valuable part of the Environmental Studies program to me was definitely the environmental sustainability study abroad program in Freiburg, Germany. I learned so much about how Europe is working on being more green and sustainable, and that program is where I met my best friend. That study abroad program was the most fun I've ever had and I'm so glad I got to do that through KU.
After KU, I see myself going to grad school and getting congruent masters degrees in Environmental Sciences and International Studies, and I hope to work internationally in Environmental Policy."