Sometimes, finding your passion means thinking like a kid again.
I spent much of my childhood outside, climbing trees and searching under rocks for bugs. I loved spending time in nature and reading books about the environment. I grew up trying to protect the environment, volunteering at a nature center in high school and cleaning up forests. However, during my undergraduate years at Indiana University, I found a love of writing and travel, and my focus went from the environment to international communication. I graduated and took a job as a healthcare writer, but was unsatisfied. I had many interests but couldn’t figure out what my passion was. At work, I was assigned to write about environmental sustainability in healthcare, and as I researched I felt giddy with child-like excitement. It hit me – my passion was environmentalism. I quit my job and went back to school, receiving my Masters in Environmental Policy and Management in Fall 2016.