Environment Studies Program - Student Spotlight

Alexandra Gross
Major: English/Journalism
Minor: Environment Studies program

"Being involved in the program on the environment and campus environmental initiatives is something that is enormously empowering and gratifying. Classes such as Environmental Reporting and Environmental Ethics emphasize the interconnectedness of all life. Further, the two ideas of beneficence and making life better for others go well beyond the label of 'treehugger.' Both qualities support Jesuit ideals of outreach and service and give our generation a purpose to raise awareness and the tools to solve environmental crises."

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Monica Dauphinais
Major: Psychology
Minor: Environment Studies program

"I've been interested in the environment for as long as I can remember. The program here allows me to study the environment by taking classes such as economics, law, ethics, physics, biology, and other subjects I would have never taken otherwise. During my freshman year, I volunteered at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, and at Soundwaters in Stamford, where I took part in a study of seals in the Long Island Sound. The course I took on Rainforest Ecosystems was amazing. It's almost impossible to get into because it's so popular and it satisfies the science core. Our professor has been to the places she teaches about, which really makes the class interesting."