While completing an AP Environmental Science course in high school, Sarah Eddy was introduced to the concept of combining both the natural science and social science aspects of environmental topics. The combination of science with current issues and politics drew Sarah into the Environmental Studies major at Lafayette. Sarah’s time at Lafayette has been full of unique experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom.
One highlight of Sarah’s college experience was studying abroad in New Zealand through the Frontier’s Abroad earth systems program. This experience allowed her to take what she had already learned in the classroom to an entirely different corner of the world, with a different landscape. Over the course of the first four weeks of the program, Sarah developed research skills and took part in ongoing research programs while traveling through northern and southern regions of New Zealand. During the rest of the semester, she was able to explore and take note of the varied landscapes of the country. The dramatic change in landscape, from glaciers to beaches, was amazing to see. Sarah found the opportunity to study abroad to be truly transformative. Studying abroad gave her the freedom and the opportunity to explore new areas of interest while experiencing different social environmental issues. Her time abroad solidified her passion for the environment and worldwide environmental issues.
Additional highlights for Sarah include being an ECORep her freshman and sophomore years when the program was just beginning at Lafayette. Sarah found it interesting to be part of the program in its developing stages. Her senior year, she has gotten involved in the Take Back the Tap initiative with many of her friends. Other than on campus employment and activities, Sarah has also been employed as a camp counselor for the past five summers. Sarah has worked for many camps, most recently North Country Camps in the Adirondacks. Working as a counselor involves a lot of outdoor activity and learning about the environment.
After graduation, Sarah is considering opportunities through the conservation corps or environmental non-profits as a starting point for a career in the environment.