“Why Geography” Series Presents: Emily Schneider ’21

Posted on April 22nd, 2021 by

1. Why did you choose to major in Geography?

I was in my sophomore year, and I was finishing up taking the rest of my gen-eds, and I hadn’t found anything I was remotely interested in. Then, I took World Geography with Jesse McClelland, and I knew that geography was for me! I love the social science aspect of geography, as well as physical geography.

2. To what extent your geography education has already transformed how you view and act on the world?

It has taught me how to look at the world from many different points of views that I had not known about prior to taking geography courses. It has shown me that being environmentally friendly is way more than using metal straws and reusable bags. It has also shown me how lucky and privileged I am.

3. Beyond coursework, what other experiences have enriched your geography education?

When I was in GEG-105, I was able to go on an environmental sustainability trip to the Dominican Republic with some of my classmates. I also have been fortunate enough to go to Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, and Singapore during my time at Gustavus. These experiences have broadened my understanding of other cultures, and have shown me how beautiful our world and people are.

4. What will make the world a better place and where do you see yourself in five years?

I think compassion and understanding of the earth and humanity would help quite a bit. Also, communication and the ability for our world’s leaders to discuss and compromise would be beneficial. I’m not sure where I’ll be in five years… the only thing I am hoping for is to be happy and help others and the earth, and making enough money to help my parents retire early.

 

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