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Environmental Studies Major Thrives in New Program
Heather Pearson '18

January 16, 2016

Susquehanna gave Heather Pearson '18 the chance to pursue all of her passions—studying abroad, playing softball and helping to sustain the environment. 

Pearson started as an earth and environmental sciences major but switched to one of our newest majors-environmental studies.  

"I wanted to stray away from the sciences and to focus on how humans interact with the environment, how our population can reduce our carbon footprint, and hopefully make a more sustainable world for future generations," the Alexandria, Va., native explains.  

"It's brand new and open for interpretation with the required classes we must take. Since it's a unique major, I take an interest in all my classes," she adds.  

Pearson is minoring in business because of the additional opportunities she feels will be open to her.  

She says her favorite aspect of Susquehanna is the relationships that she has formed here-such as close friendships and mentoring relationships with faculty, including Katherine Straub, head of the earth and environmental sciences department.  

"The people here are great; everybody is friendly and willing to give a helping hand. I wouldn't trade the friendships I've made for anything," Pearson says.

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