Emily Greenstein, a spring 2016 Bachelor of Science in environmental science graduate, is preparing to pursue her passion for the environment abroad as she embarks on graduate school in Amsterdam. In addition to her B.S., Greenstein also earned a minor in sustainable community development through SFA’s Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology. We sat down with Emily for a brief Q&A to learn more about her future, as well as the experiences at SFA that awakened her passion for international study.
What is the name of the university you will attend for graduate school, and where is it located?
The university I will attend is named Vrije Universiteit and is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
What degree will you pursue?
I am pursing a MSc. in environmental resource management with a specialization in energy. I will partner with an outside organization for a thesis project, but I do not know my topic yet.
What inspired you to pursue graduate school abroad?
I was inspired to pursue graduate school abroad by my previous summers spent abroad. I spent a summer abroad in Slovakia for a political science class the summer after my sophomore year. The following summer I had an internship in The Netherlands and the United Kingdom conducting wildfire research.
Learn more about Greenstein’s time in the UK in the 2015 ATCOFA Newsletter.
What experiences led you to where you are today?
Experiences that led to where I am today include joining multiple organizations in school, volunteering as often as I could and getting to know each one of my professors. From those experiences I was able to make very strong connections with a variety of people, and it lead me to each opportunity.
You received a scholarship to attend the university. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
The scholarship is called the Holland Scholarship Programme, and it is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Dutch research universities, and universities of applied sciences. I found information about the scholarship on the university webpage and applied for it. To apply, I was required to send in my GPA, a motivation letter and my resume.
When I received the news that I was on the waiting list for the scholarship, I was heartbroken. That is when I realized how badly I wanted this opportunity. I emailed the scholarship committee numerous times, and I believe through that persistence they understood how much I needed this scholarship. It goes to show you that not everything in life is just handed to you, and if you really want something sometimes you have to fight for it.
Prior to her departure, Greenstein is completing a summer internship at W&M Environmental Group located in Austin, Texas. In addition to this internship, Greenstein said she also is working a second job on weekends to pay for what her scholarship does not cover.
I have never wanted something so badly in my life, so I am working as hard as I can to get there.