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Bryce Dorff

Stoddard, Wisconsin
Environmental Science major

Currently I’m pursuing a degree in Environmental Science & Sustainability but would like to continue my studies in Public Health. I find the relationship between these two ideas to be inextricably linked, and, as time continues, important for world health. 

My interest in studying abroad here in San José, Costa Rica, stemmed from the country’s environmental practices and Spanish language/culture. Costa Rica is currently running on over 250 days of electricity generated from renewable resources. A combination of sustainable scientific practices and cultural integration for these issues motivates me to think critically about how this awareness can be shared with others. (The climate beats Iowa winters, too!)

My Drake experience began with a traditional tour of campus, which included an invitation to sit in on a class. This opportunity to “observe” was not traditional, as I was brought to the front of Dr. David Senchina’s classroom to work with current students on problems and participate in class discussion. I chose Drake because before I was even a student, I was treated like an adult and held to standards beyond my expectations. During my first week of classes as a first-year student, Professor Senchina stopped me on the way to class, called me by name, and welcomed me to Drake. It was then I realized I made a great choice.

Drake has influenced my personal and professional life by affording me opportunities and challenging me through these experiences. Being a coordinator for the Sprout community garden has enabled me to grow as a student and leader—but also as a community member. The garden space serves as a reminder that there is much work to be done bridging the socioeconomic gap within our community and promoting healthy choices. This opportunity involved me with a network of driven individuals, all working to provide a service to the community. In this way I could align my morals and professional development while creating positive sustainable change against a serious issue.


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