After completing her freshman year as a Political Science and International Affairs major at Stonehill College, Caroline Malcolm transferred to Northeastern University and stumbled upon the Environmental Studies Program during her orientation. Never before did Caroline imagine that she would choose this field of study. However, she was fascinated with the Environmental Studies major, and through it, found a way to combine her passion for the environment and politics into a comprehensive plan of study for the next three years.
In the summer of 2009, Caroline was selected as a participant for the Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Iceland. There, she and eighteen fellow students studied volcanic and glacial geology, camped, and traveled around the country for one month. This experience in field work piqued her interest in geology which she carried back to her coursework at Northeastern. She has since conducted field work in and around Boston and on Nantucket.
As Caroline worked at Farm Aid in Cambridge during her final co-op, it opened up yet another curiosity – agriculture. At Farm Aid, Caroline explored the politics and science of the agriculture industry in the United States. She worked extensively on policy initiatives to restore America’s agricultural heritage and to restore the food system from factory farms to its family farm-centered roots. She traveled to Wisconsin with Farm Aid, where her geology and agriculture interests collided on an organic, biodynamic dairy farm situated in between the driftless region and the glaciated areas of the state. There, she studied the effects of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the last glacial period and how farmers have adapted to these geological conditions to farm the land.
As she looks into her final semester at Northeastern University, Caroline is excited for the future and the opportunity it brings. She will use her degree in Environmental Studies and Geology to propel her into the working world, while making plans to attend graduate school to specialize in one of the many aspects of environmental studies that interests her. For now she is excited to take advanced courses in the Department and to continue to work on projects to make Northeastern “greener” as the Student Government Association’s Director for Sustainability Initiatives.
While Caroline could not have predicted she would find her calling digging in the dirt, she credits the enthusiasm and support of the professors in the Environmental Studies Program for igniting her passion and for providing the knowledge and experience that she will carry with her throughout her career.