Vanessa

Vanessa

As the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, I have witnessed the values of hard work, love, and care that my mother has demonstrated in order to provide me with a better life. Growing up in that environment allowed me to become self-motivated and apply these values towards every obstacle in my life, including work and school.

I graduated from Social Justices High School and got accepted to Arrupe College of Loyola, where I am working on getting my associate in behavioral science before transferring to a four-year university to earn my bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

I first became interested in environmental science in high school when I conducted soil sampling experiments for science fair and AP chemistry class. The experiments and research that I completed for these two projects gave me a better understanding of the issues in the environmental justice world. For example, I focused on the pollution that power plants cause even if they are not in operation. These two experiments, as well as advice from my science teachers, convinced me to pursue science. However, I am also passionate about law, which is why I am interested in combining these interests through a career as an environmental lawyer.

My goal is to work with nonprofit organizations, such as the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), or a government agency, such as the Environmental Policy Agency (EPA), to fight for the earth’s health and ensure that environmental justice is upheld.

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