Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability Majors

Alexander Tadda

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
tadda.1@osu.edu
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania 
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Community Development

Future Career Plans: Attend graduate school for a Masters of Urban Planning in Colorado. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the resources available to me now that I am apart of this college. Not only do I know exactly what my plan is while I attend Ohio State thanks to supportive advisors and a wide range of degree planning tools, but I have been able to explore areas I want to pursue once I graduate. I had found finding jobs in the environment/sustainability field challenging especially at campus wide career fairs. Thanks to opportunities through SENR, i was able to attend the environment and sustainability career fair were I was able to connect with companies that share a common vision with myself and network throughout the city to begin my professional career. Having taken advantage of these resources, I am confident in my plan for the future and am optimistic in the ways I will be able to help the environment. This would not be possible unless I was apart of SENR.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Ohio State Cheerleading Team

Andy Moffit

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
moffit.7@osu.edu
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Business

Future Career Plans: Plans on pursuing environmental/sustainability consulting in the Western US.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The people here are all working towards a similar goal, and it doesn't feel cut-throat like many other majors I've heard about. Knowing that everyone is willing to help me learn, understand, and thrive in the school makes it a non-threatening place and a great environment to succeed. People come from a totally diverse set of backgrounds, and I love the interactions I can have with people who may think differently than I do. Most of the time we both end up learning something, which makes SENR a better, more knowledgeable place.

Internship: During the summer of 2019 I worked an internship at a ranch in Northern New Mexico. I worked conservation and got to teach youth and adult backpacking participants the importance of fire mitigation techniques. This experience allowed me to meet passionate environmentalists from all across the country, become knowledgeable in worksite management, and skilled in chainsaw use, all while experiencing beautiful mountainous New Mexico.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student Instructional Assistant for ENR 3500
  • Net Impact - Sustainability club
  • BuckeyeThon 2019 - fundraiser
  • Member of club The Movement

Anna Oestreich

Peer MentorSLB1
oestreich.14@osu.edu
Hometown: Wyoming, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I want to do work in sustainability or energy policy for an environmental non-profit or government agency.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love the community of it, how you build connections with others in your classes and the togetherness that comes with being involved in similar interests. There is a kind and welcoming vibe in those classes and with those faculty that make it one of the best schools on campus.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community (Aquaponics and Gardening Committee Member)
  • STEP Member
  • Protection and Awareness of Endangered Species (PAES) Social Media Officer
  • Sierra Club Student Coalition
  • Solar Education and Outreach
  • TerrAqua
  • Volunteer with the Buckeye Food Alliance
  • Student worker at Oxley's Cafe

Austin Bryson

Peer MentorSLB1
bryson.82@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio 
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: International Development
Minor: Spanish

Future Career Plans: I am not 100% sure what I want to do yet, but I have thought a lot about working for a nonprofit organization. My specialization is in international development so I hope to be able to work abroad and create sustainable development projects that are beneficial for the planet and also create a space for inclusivity for groups that have been historically underrepresented. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR would definitely have to be the people! I have started to take classes with a lot of the same people and I feel that there is always such a strong sense of community present within SENR. Everyone that I have met here has been nothing but welcoming and kind which makes it such a great place to learn and grow.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Lead Barista for Campus Grinds
  • Office Assistant at Drackett Tower

Chandler Frenken

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
frenken.3@osu.edu
Hometown: Upper Arlington, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I am dedicated to working with or developing sustainable technologies for the future. I have always been drawn renewable energy sources, conservation, and the economics behind the current climate situation. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I honestly love the classes and the campus. The SENR school is far west and feels like it’s own community of people focused and determined to reach very similar goals. Also I feel like all of my classes weave into eachother and are practical for the direction I want to go post degree.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Zoology Club
  • Music Industry Club
  • STEP

 


Chloe Fisher

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
fisher.1715@osu.edu
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I hope to work in the business sector helping companies switch to more sustainable practices on a large scale.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is certainly the people. The people that I have met through SENR have all been so passionate about the same topics and so outwardly caring to those around them. Everyone shares the same love for the environment and we all want to make a difference beyond ourselves. Class discussions are always supportive and everyone puts effort into letting others know they are listening. I also love that everyone feels confident being themselves because it helps to create a fun atmosphere that is welcoming.

Internship: I am currently a Zero Waste Intern within the Department of Athletics here at Ohio State. Through this role I have gotten to learn about the process of reaching zero waste at a large institution, as well as how to communicate sustainable alternatives to those who are not familiar with the field. My favorite part of this internship is being able to help OSU become a better, more environmentally conscious university all around!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Office Assistant at the Drake 
  • Leadership Council for the ENR Scholars program.  

Isabelle Rosenberg

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
rosenberg.1241@osu.edu
Hometown: Granville, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I have a few ideas of what I would like to do with my career in the future. One dream I have is to work in sustainable fashion for brands such as Patagonia, Reformation, or People Tree to help combat the epidemic that is fast fashion. I would also love to create my own sustainable fashion company with my mom and my sister one day. Another aspiration I have is to become an environmental lawyer and fight for the earth and basic human rights like clean air, drinkable water, and a safe place to live. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the people. Everyone I have met within SENR has been passionate, kind, and generous. Each conservation I have had with faculty has been about how they can use their resources to help me achieve my dreams. Instead of being talked at, I am included in the discussion and am intentionally made to feel important. I love the community of people within SENR and their love for the Earth and for the people that inhabit it.

Undergraduate Research: I am currently a research assistant for graduate student Thelma Velez. Thelma is looking at environmental justice issues in Puerto Rico. Three years after hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still recovering from the destruction of their community, environment, and economy. With very little help from the United States, Puerto Rico has been left to pick up the pieces on their own. The island is now advocating for more independence and working on things like food sovereignty, renewable energy, and agroecology. I have had such an amazing time learning about the inspiring grassroots initiatives Puerto Rican’s have created to help rehabilitate their home. This experience has allowed me to get my feet wet with research and has encouraged me to pursue a honors research distinction. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • ENR Scholars
  • Undergraduate Student Government 
  • ENR Leadership Council 
  • GIVE
  • Fashion Production Association

Keaton Headley

Peer MentorSLB1
headley.73@osu.edu
Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Community Development

Future Career Plans: I hope to work for a non-profit community based organization to uplift marginalized populations through positive social, economic, and environmental influences.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: How close the SENR community really is and how it truly feels like a home. After switching my major into SENR I was immediately welcomed by warm faculty advisors who were able to help me truly figure out what path I wanted to take and give me meaningful advice and support in a time where I was incredibly anxious and confused about my future. I was also welcomed by an abundance of new friends and new people who would come up and talk to me because they hadn’t seen me before because all of the SENR people have really formed a community and everyone kind of knows everyone and I felt immediately welcomed into that community.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Buck That! A Cappella Group
  • Barista at Starbucks

Liam Nigro

Peer Mentor and SENR AmbassadorSLB1
nigro.23@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 

Future Career Plans: I find purpose through working with others and being outdoors. I hope to work with a business that strives to promote environmental stewardship and activism. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Throughout the last two months of being a student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the community and friendliness of the school is the my most underlining and positive aspect of the school. OSU, one of the largest campuses in North America makes you feel like a very very small fish in a very large Ohioan pond. Yet, within SENR, I feel the close-knit community and care of a small university. I am able to walk around the Library for SENR after only two months being here and spot several people that I know and sit with them. Additionally, everyone in SENR has been the friendliest people that I have met at campus. When I have a question about where to go or a recommendation on a random matter they are always willing to help with a big smile! Finally, the teacher, advisors, and staff in SENR really have your best interest in mind and want you to achieve your fullest potential. All the faculty give me great 1-on-1 time and are always available to make time to meet.

Internship Experience: Last summer, I worked at an experiential youth outdoor camp in Telluride, Colorado. At Telluride Academy, I worked as an intern and instructor facilitating educational experiences for groups of students through environmental education, ecological exploration, kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking in the San Juan Mountains. My experience highlighted my interest to work in a mission-based business and taught me self-reliance.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student Research Assistant with Jay Martin
  • Mountaineers Club
  • Net Impact
  • Arouse at OSU

Molly Ridge

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
ridge.50@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Community Development

Future Career Plans: I would like to work in an environmental nonprofit and would love to work with animals in some capacity.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the people I have met! Most of my close friendships have developed out of SENR and it has been amazing to connect with others who care deeply about the environment. I also love the diversity in SENR and in CFAES overall. There are many people who grew up in small rural towns but also people that have lived in cities their whole lives. I think this is an interesting mix of people in the environmental field who bring a lot of different ideas to the table due to the vast difference in backgrounds. To me, this is one of the best things about SENR.

Internship: I was an intern with Green Columbus which was a great way to learn more about the non-profit sector. My biggest job was to plan events centered around Earth Day which I really enjoyed as I got to connect with many different members of the OSU and Columbus community! 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Advocate for Communities and Education scholar
  • Volunteer with the Ace Program
  • COO of Best Food Forward
  • Worker at the Office of Advancement in EHE College

 


Natalie Ruth

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
ruth.125@osu.edu
Hometown: Canal Winchester, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Community Development
Minor: City and Regional Planning 

Future Career Plans: After graduation I hope to work with city planning and community development to build sustainable communities. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about SENR is the community aspect of it. I know if I ever need help or just someone to talk to I have many people I can go to. The smaller school size means I know many people in my classes and I really enjoy being on campus with my peers every day.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Community Coordinator and ENR Scholar
  • SUSTAINS Learning Community
  • Gardening Coordinator for the Aquaponics Team
  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Treasurer for the dance club Studio Dance

Olivia Severyn

Peer MentorSLB1
severyn.14@osu.edu
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specalization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Spanish 

Future Career Plans: I hope to have a career working to help businesses become more sustainable, addresseing environmental issues in a broader economic and social context. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: While I really appreciate the abundance of relevant resources that are available through SENR, my favorite aspect is the close knit community. On the first day of classes of my second semester, I was cheerfully surprised when I walked into my classes in Kottman and already knew some friends in my classes. It is such a good feeling to be able to walk into a new classroom and always see a couple of friendly faces. When I decided to come to Ohio State I never expected to have such small classes where I could get to know both professors and my peers. While I initially was not intimidated by the size of Ohio State, I have come to realize that I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to get to know and to have become a part of this close-knit community.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community
  • Environmental Protection Student Association
  • Changing Habits and Attitudes, Recreating Girls