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Double Major Fulfills Her Passion for Writing, Environment
Marissa Spratley '16

January 07, 2016

Growing up in Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay, Marissa Spratley '16 had plenty of chances to enjoy the outdoors. She often biked, swam, or played football or tag until the sun went down.

But her eyes were opened to the damage being done to the bay and the planet when she took her first environmental science course in high school.

"I realized how our earth is being destroyed, and I also began to realize that I could be a part of the solution," she says.

In college, Spratley chose to major in environmental studies, which focuses on how to identify and solve environmental issues, as well as creative writing.

"Writing has always been one of my passions," she says, adding, "I feel that having that second degree will give me the upper hand when interviewing for positions, because it shows that I am creative, persuasive and articulate in my ideas."

After graduation, Spratley went to work in the communications and development department at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

"I do a little bit of everything here—from social media to annual reports to conferences to website content! I have learned a lot during my first few months here and am loving the experience!" Spratley says.

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