Academics: Being a Catawba Student and Environmental Education Major
Thoughts on Majoring in Environmental Education at Catawba College
by Brittany Parker '09
Hey everyone! For those of you who do not know me, I'm Brittany Parker, a junior here at Catawba College and an Environmental Education major. I am hoping to get my B.A. degree and teach Environmental Science when I graduate. I am from Mt. Ulla, Rowan County — which is the same county Catawba is in so this school isn't too far away from my home.
I live on what used to be a 300–head conventional style dairy farm and is now about 125-head organic dairy farm. I have always been a strong advocate for agriculture and have been very active in FFA, but this drastic change at our family dairy farm has led me to become very interested in the environment. I just recently realized that you have to grow feed crops for the dairy cattle in a certain way in order to produce organic milk. This realization led me to take just one environmental science class here at Catawba and now, I am completely hooked!
Since my major is new here at Catawba, I'll share thoughts on it and different events I'm involved with in my blogs throughout this year. This semester, I am taking one course called Environmental Education Resources 1, and I am really excited about it because it promises many out-of-the-classroom experiences as well as lectures from experts who truly know how our environment works! While the semester promises to be busy, I am excited to learn about a subject that has always intrigued me from people who truly understand current issues.
Brittany welcomes e-mail correspondence from current and prospective members of Catawba's community and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.