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Kalamazoo College

Na Young Kim

Environmental Studies

I’m an earthling (i.e.: I’ve traveled too much to feel comfortable calling anywhere home)
Environmental Studies
Study Abroad:
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
That’s My Jam Core from Ben & Jerry’s
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In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
An Environmental Studies Concentration is a great way to explore the multi-faceted environmental issues of the world today.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Surprisingly, my love for nature and the environment made me declare the concentration and return throughout the years.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t be afraid to take new and different classes.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’m involved with on-campus sustainability and arboretum-related projects, so the department connects perfectly to my interests.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Contrary to the popular belief, nobody knows what they are doing, so don’t feel panicked because you don’t know what you are doing (I don’t know what I’m doing either).

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Reading the World: Fantasy. I was reading Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones for class. Enough said.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is studying the impact climate change has on fish herbivory and the subsequent effect the shifting population has on algal succession and coral recruitment at Rottnest Island, Western Australia.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Either a Masters degree or a research assistant position, but the end goal is a PhD.

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