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LAUREN

University of Northern Michigan, Environmental Science

School’s going really well for me lately. I’m still working on my master’s thesis about community-based urban forestry, and I think I’ll graduate in December 2016 (a semester “late” but my studies are so fun and interesting that I don’t mind sticking around a little longer).

I became a Battier Take Charge Scholar back in 2008 when I started at Northern Michigan University for a BA in Environmental Science. The scholarship and support from the Battiers was incredibly helpful during my undergraduate years and because of it I was able to study abroad in Tanzania for a semester (something I’d dreamed of for years and was an amazing experience for me). After graduating in 2012 I spent a year working as an English teacher in South Korea, and then as an Environmental Educator with a 4-H camp in Georgia. I knew I wanted to continue learning about conservation and how to connect people to nature, so in 2014 I started graduate school at the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry and am now in my second year of a MS in Environmental Studies. My work and interests involve community-based conservation, environmental justice, and environmental education. It’s been 7 years since I first became a Battier scholar, but the endless support and encouragement from the Take Charge Foundation continues to inspire and motivate me to do the best I can in and out of school.

I still think about the retreat all the time! I’ve got the BTCF pens and folder on my work desk, so it’s a nice daily reminder to always “Do well & Do good” 🙂