I was an English and Environmental Humanities double major with a Pathway in Activism and Social Justice at The College of Wooster, graduating in 2024. Through the various classes and opportunities I engaged in at Wooster, I learned how to apply my skill set to many different contexts, including social activism. I was an APEX Fellow in 2020 and 2021, earning the Andrews Award of Excellence in my first year. My internships included working as an editorial intern for Girls’ Life Magazine in 2020 and as a social media intern for Turning Green, an environmental justice organization, in 2021. I returned to work as an APEX Fellowship Peer advisor from 2023-24, assisting students through the application process and helping select fellows. I also served as a social media assistant for The Dodge, an environmentally-focused literary magazine at the College, from 2022 to 2024, beginning as a sophomore research assistant. With the APEX Center’s support, I also studied abroad at The University of Oxford in the Fall of 2022.

The Activism and Social Change Pathway expanded my knowledge of issues I cared about, like environmental injustice, and pushed me to explore fields I wouldn’t have previously considered. For example, I volunteered for Community Action Wayne/Medina from 2023-24 to learn from and inform the Wooster community on local housing injustice issues. This partially fulfilled the Pathway requirements and allowed me to connect with the Wooster community using my digital media skills. I also took Political Psychology and Socialization to fulfill a Pathway requirement and to learn more about issues like environmental injustice. Currently, I work as a Digital Media Associate at Stanford University because of the support and skills I learned at APEX. My future plans include pursuing an English Teaching Fulbright in Serbia and applying for an MFA in poetry. Overall, I hope to continue exploring the world with a curious and open mind.