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Departmental Student Advisor

Stesha Marcon

Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Major: International & Area Studies
Minor: Political Science
Concentration: Environment Studies
Study Abroad: Dakar, Senegal
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla or Passion Fruit Mango
Best Adjective to Describe You: Friendly

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
It provides a well-rounded view of environmental issues.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn to Environmental Studies because of my interest in sustainability, but the course selection is what keeps me coming back. Being an interdisciplinary concentration, Environmental Studies allows you to explore environmental issues and solutions as seen through the lenses of other disciplines.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
This may just be general advice to first years and sophomores, but take as many courses as you can outside of your area of study: if you are a biology major, take history and English courses, if you are a history major, take a physics course.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I'm interested in sustainable design and this curriculum allows me to think critically about how to approach environmental issues.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I think the most important thing that I have learned (or am learning) at K is time management and suppressing impulse. I find that a lot of times I over commit myself and then feel overwhelmed by all of the really great, but very time consuming things I am doing.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I have enjoyed many classes at K, but my two favorites would probably have to be Introduction to American Government with Dr. Kato and American Environmental History with Dr. Lewis, mostly because of the way the material was presented.

What is your SIP?
My SIP will be based on my summer internship working with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Kalamazoo Valley Community College on the Healthy Living Campus project.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
That is a terrifying question.

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