My name is Daisy, and I am a fourth-year majoring in English, Global Cultures, and History. I’m originally from the rural community of Greenfield, CA, and regardless of the distance I still feel very connected to this little town that I grew up in.

I originally heard about this program during my first year while living in Mesa Court’s Ondas hall, and although I always recycled consciously I did not realize there was so much more that I could do! One of the biggest contributors that led me to join the Costa Rica Program was my studying abroad experience in London, United Kingdom during Fall 2016. This was the first time I was ever tasked with providing sustainable solutions for an underdeveloped country and from there my interest only continued to grow. I joined this program to improve my own sustainability habits, as well as to learn about how other countries in the world undertake this same challenge. Besides classwork, I keep myself busy as a mentor for incoming freshman through the Peer Humanities Mentor Program; I am also a Generation Study Abroad Ambassador for our Study Abroad Center on campus, and I currently spend the remainder of my time applying to internships for UCDC or conducting research through a seminar class for my History major.

Outside of campus interaction, I enjoy spending my time outdoors. Challenging hikes and passing the time at a beach are my favorite, as long as it’s followed by a delicious meal or dessert! Overall, I am very excited to be a part of the Costa Rica team and I am hopeful that the research I conduct for this program will help me address our impact on the Earth with others.