2017, Focus Area: Food systems and agriculture
Sophie D'Anieri was inspired to major in EUS because she grew up spending a lot of time outdoors. Thus, it was only natural for her that upon coming to Bard, she would focus her studies on protecting the environment. She says, "my dad took me on camping trips all around the country, introducing me to the natural beauty around me. And, I grew up working in my mom's garden and developed a fascination in watching things grow. As I grew older, I learned more and more about how this world I grew up loving was in danger and choosing a major focusing on protecting and repairing something I had always cherished felt natural." While interested in the environment as a whole, she is particularly interested in food systems and agriculture. That is, how we can create a food system that is beneficial to human health and the health of the planet. With her EUS degree, she hopes to eventually do field work and immerse herself in education. This will enable her to teach people sustainable and healthy ways to grow food. "I want to work to get healthy food into areas that have little access and establish systems in order for those areas to better sustain themselves. I also see myself having and working on a farm throughout my life".
2018, Intended focus area: Economics
Xaver Kandler, class of 2018, decided to become an EUS student because he believes that the environment is an issue that directly affects everything we encounter. He says, “the way we interact with the natural world around us has and will affect all aspects of society. Learning about the environment and the social, ecological, and economic issues around it will be the way to change the foundations of how we act.” Due to the fact that EUS is an interdisciplinary major that combines science, history, and economics, Xaver utilizes it as a means of being educated in different areas, which allows him to further grasp how the environment plays into everything. In terms of what he wants to do with his degree in the future, he most definitely wants to pursue a career in an environmentally related field, though also incorporate economics into the mix. “Economics has the potential to motivate people to act sustainably by making the choice that is not only good for society but also good for the individual… the current economic paradigm is not sustainable or just. By studying economics, I can contribute to a branch of economics that isn’t negligent of the environment.”
2016, Focus Area: Policy
Isaac's interests lie in policy surrounding food and fracking. He believes younger people should have more of a say in the way the American food system is shaped. Graduating from a rigorous two year environmental studies program in high school gave Isaac a clear picture of his career goals. "But getting to those goals -- that's why I'm at Bard. Everyone should have the right to real food and good water. Food, water, soil, nitrogen, carbon systems: everything is linked. Having the scientific knowledge makes it easier to understand the larger picture but I'm looking forward to getting deeper into the issues and their interrelationships. Plus, I'm looking forward to working internships in the city."
Isaac has already worked with Charity Water in the past, presenting the political and environmental issues surrounding water to his classmates in high school and fundraising money for the charity. He has also worked in New Orleans, repairing and painting homes, where he learned first hand about the degradation of the wetlands, the infrastructure of levies, and the energy costs of the city. Isaac hopes to pursue Bard Center for Environmental Policy's 3+2 program through which qualified Bard undergraduates can earn an M.S. in environmental policy or climate science in an accelerated period of time.