Hi, my name is Kathryn, and I am a 4th year English major from Newport Beach. As the president of the Teachers of Tomorrow club, I am particularly interested in how global sustainability can better be incorporated into school curriculum. I recently came back from Chile, where I practiced my Spanish while adventuring throughout South America. This time in Santiago, Chile was my main inspiration for applying to a program that could teach me more about global sustainability. Santiago is surrounded by the Andes mountain range and yet on most days, you can’t even see the view through all of the smog.
I am interested in learning global sustainability “life-hacks” so that I can do something little every day to make the world a cleaner place. I personally believe in the power of little actions. If each person can agree to use reusable water bottles or turn off the water when they brush their teeth, these little actions can add up to make a huge difference. Despite the fact that I have no sort of sustainability background, this program called to me as the first step in a journey that will hopefully lead to a healthier life for myself and the Earth.
My goal for this trip is to learn tips that I can spread to my network of family and friends so that no more beautiful views go unseen because of the pollution that wasteful habits can create. As a true nature-lover, I am most excited to hug some Costa Rican trees and get to better know how to protect the world’s landscape. I am confident this trip will change me for the better!