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Featured Students of EUS

Featured Students of EUS
There is no typical EUS student--though each creatively and tenaciously pursues solutions to urban and environmental problems. 

Here are some examples of students currently pursuing their academic interests and passions through the Environmental and Urban Studies program.

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Hannah Conley

2017, Focus Area: Agriculture and Food Systems

Hannah Conley
Hannah is a Junior at Bard originally from New York City. Her focus area and major interests within EUS are Agriculture and Food Systems, specifically meat and dairy. She has been able to explore those interests within classes at Bard such as her favorite thus far, the farm tutorial taught by Jennifer Phillips, as well as outside of Bard during her past internship at the Creamery on Hawthorne Valley Farm. “It was one of three jobs that summer on the organic, biodynamic farm and I learned so much about how food can be grown and produced in a way that is good for the soil, good for the animals and good for the consumer.” She plans to continue her love for farming by WWOOFing on a Scottish sheep farm. After Bard she hopes to work in the cheese industry, hopefully with goats!
Hannah is a very active member of the Bard community. Her love of running is seen in her participation on the Bard Cross Country team. She is TLS head of the Surrealist Training Circus which puts on an amazing show at the end of the year where she can be seen breathing and eating fire, hula hooping with fire, and doing feats of gymnastics, aerial and acrobatics regardless of being considered legally blind. She also runs the fire breathing and spinning club on campus, Annandale-on-Fire. Outside of EUS she enjoys taking art classes and participating in Bard Slam, and was part of the first team that Bard has sent to the College Union Poetry Slam invitational last year.  

Olivia Williams

2017, Focus Area: Ecology and Conservation, Joint Major with Math

Olivia Williams
Olivia is a junior at Bard originally from San Rafael, California. She knew she wanted to study in the environmental sciences and after taking classes in different areas within EUS she decided to focus on ecology and conservation. She is also a joint major with math and is interested in integrating ecology with math.  These two interests combined in her favourite class so far at Bard, Ecology and Evolution. “It encompasses my main interests within EUS and uses (basic) math to model population growth which I find really interesting.” On campus she works as a Calculus II tutor, co-heads the Hudson Valley Explorers Club and participates in the Eel Migration Project in the Spring. Along with her love of exploring the Hudson Valley through canoeing and hiking, she is also an involved member of the Tivoli and the surrounding Bard community. Off campus, Olivia tutors high school students in math, interns with the Saw Kill Watershed Community group and works at Santa Fe in Tivoli. Her most recent way to get outside and involved in the community has been skateboarding. “Tivoli now has a half pipe next to the basketball court which has made skating and being outside a lot more popular in the area and a really good way to meet local residents of Tivoli and the surrounding area.” Over the summer she interned on a newly starting farm; “we essentially started with a giant field of weeds, and built the farm from there. The experience was extremely unexpected-- I had no idea what starting a farm entailed, but it was a lot of fun (and a lot of raking).”  After Bard she would love to travel. “I would love a profession doing some kind of ecological research, and being on the ocean would be ideal. I've spent a lot of time in Kauai and would like to go back to live and work there for a bit after college.” 
 

Sara Xing Eisenberg

Sara Xing Eisenberg
Sara is a Sophomore/Junior who went to the Bard High School Early College in Manhattan, NYC .  She chose EUS because "it's a compilation of all the topics I'm interested in, incorporating environmental, demographic and cultural issues, and drawing from so many different fields. I didn't want to have to pick between Biology, Sociology, Ecology, Anthropology, food systems, and Asian studies (which I was interested in before coming to Bard). I also grew up in a Vegetarian, eco-friendly, sustainably conscious household. Protecting the environment and just general environmental consciousness has always been present and important in my life.” She is considering focusing in either ecology and conservation or food systems, and is interested in both the policy and research/science aspects of EUS. Her favourite class at Bard thus far has been EUS 101. It was her first environmental class ever and although “I knew stuff about environmental issues today, I learned the fundamental information I needed in this class--how EVERYTHING is interconnected in some way.” Last year she participated in the tropical ecology program in Montserrat through Bard Simon Rock where she was able to explore her love for hands on field approach learning and exploring the outdoors through hiking and snorkeling. Outside of class Sara has recently become active in the Harvesting for Justice TLS project which aims to help small farms in the Hudson Valley by working with the Freedom Food Alliance to address social inequalities.  Her outside interests include theatre, dance, singing, and participating in several sports teams at Bard- rugby, equestrian and track. She is also interested in studying Chinese language and hopes to live in China after Bard. She would love to become fluent, and work/intern with an organization there.


 

Sophie D'Anieri

2017, Focus Area: Food systems and agriculture

Sophie D'Anieri
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".

Xaver Kandler

2018, Intended focus area: Economics

Xaver Kandler
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.” 

Isaac Lertola

2016, Focus Area: Policy

Isaac Lertola

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. You can learn more about Bard's CEP 3+2 program through the following link: http://www.bard.edu/cep/academics/3+2/