Environmental Studies at UVM

Marcie Gallagher '19

Areas of Interest: 

ENVS major in the Rubenstein School with a self-design policy concentration

UVM College/School: Rubenstein School 
for the Environment and Natural Resources
ENVS Concentration: Self-designed policy concentration
Hometown: Madison, CT
E-mail: Marcie.gallagher19@gmail.com


Why did you choose to come to UVM and major in ENVS?

I knew I wanted to major in ENVS by my junior year of high school. It was a growing interest of mine and I knew there was no better profession than one that I was genuinely excited and passionate about. My decision to come to UVM was based off of that realization. My sister went to UVM and continued to live in Burlington after she graduated so I was familiar with the area, but what really drew me in was the Environmental Program.


How are you pursuing your degree by way of high-impact learning activities?

In the summer of 2016 I started canvassing for the environmental advocacy group, VPIRG. This gave me incredible exposure to environmental policy in Vermont and the ability to travel all over the state (and bike!). I also canvassed and field-managed for VPIRG during the summer of 2017. Last year, I started going to the Vermont State House once a week during the legislative session and doing research on bills going through the natural resources and agriculture committees, respectively. This year, I’m a TA for ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies.

What are your plans for your future beyond college, personally and professionally?

My plan is to begin graduate school immediately after graduating UVM and get a degree in Environmental Policy and Law. I plan to stay in Vermont and work in the state government or at a nonprofit trying to pass, craft, or research environmental policy. I also want two to six dogs.