My name is Brianna and I am currently a third year Environmental Engineering major with a minor in Global Sustainability. I am originally from Norwalk, California. On campus I am involved in Circle K International, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), and Campus Representatives. Outside of class I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, painting, drawing, and exploring new places. Sustainability is very important to me both in my studies and my personal life. In my every day life I do my best to be aware of the impact I am making on the environment and take part in conservation practices. As an engineer, I enjoy studying sustainable development and practices. Conserving resources while still developing a society can be difficult, but not impossible. I think it is important for engineers, especially, to understand how resources are being used and how projects impact the environment. Travel is something I hope to incorporate into my future career as an engineer and I feel that this program is exactly what I am looking for. Through the Costa Rica Program, I hope to help the group become more aware of themselves and the impact they can make on the people around them. For myself, I hope to gain a new perspective about what sustainability means in different communities. I am interested to see how different groups of people view sustainability and how they are making or not making an effort. I emphasize making simple adjustments to every day routine to make a difference; its about the small contributions that eventually add up to become more sustainably aware. I think most people assume that conservation and preservation have to be huge projects that save the world. When in reality, its the small efforts and consideration that can start something amazing. I am ecstatic for this new opportunity and adventure, to learn new insights, grow individually and as a team, and to make the most of the Costa Rica Program.