Hello! My name is Amaiya and I am a transfer student majoring in English. I am a Resident Advisor for Student Housing and I try my best to teach my residents about sustainable living. Through the Costa Rica Program I’m learning about tools and methods I can use to bring more awareness about environmental issues and the impact we have on the planet.

When I was in middle school, I participated in M.E.S.A. (Math Engineering Science Achievement) and every year the group and I would go on a trip to Catalina Island. While on the island we hiked, shared stories around campfires, snorkeled in the ocean, went kayaking, and learned about sustainable practices such as composting, recycling, and energy conservation. The knowledge I gained and the fun I had on Catalina Island are similar to participating in this program. I remember those trips fondly and I know Costa Rica will have a lasting affect on me, too.

I joined the Costa Rica Program to strengthen my research skills. One day, I hope to receive my Ph.D. and a large part of completing any doctoral program is research. The work I do in the program and in Costa Rica will improve my research as I want to incorporate environmental racism and the effect it has on the planet and our health.

I’m excited to be a part of this program and to begin this journey.