Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Sustainable Community Development
Sport: Cross Country
Because action, not just words, is what will bring us closer to a sustainable future. The Northland College community has repeatedly exhibited their commitment to the environment through innovative and alternative solutions formulated by passionate change-makers, such as the ReUse Room, the Sunshine Community Bike Shop, and the composting facilities. Not only is Northland home to a dynamic group of students but the staff and faculty here are truly outstanding and were ultimately the reason why I chose to attend.
Did Northland’s cross country program play a part in your decision to attend Northland?
I ran cross country in high school and trained for and ran three half-marathons during off-seasons. Although I probably would have still chosen Northland even if there was not a program, the fact that there was one at such a small school blew me away and opened my eyes to the myriad ways there are to get involved on campus (the 40+ majors offered also shocked me, given there are only about 600 students that attend the college).
Best parts of your first year?
Eating in the cafeteria with friends, learning to cross country ski with the ski club, the weekly morning meditations I’ve been co-leading for a gender and women’s studies class project, skiing in Book Across the Bay, getting to know the stellar faculty and staff, tromping in the ravine, biking the Midnight Ramble, and all the sweet dancing!