Hi, my name is Jessica Griffin and I’m a freshman engineer from right outside Columbus. I have loved being a SUSTAINS student and I am so glad that I applied! I knew that I wanted to be in SUSTAINS, because I have always been interested in applying my passion for sustainability to my engineering career. I found out about SUSTAINS through my older brother who was in it his freshman and sophomore years. Hearing about all the great events that SUSTAINS puts on, and the chance to further my understanding of sustainability encouraged me to apply as soon as I was accepted to OSU.
I have so many great memories thanks to SUSTAINS, but my favorite memory must be the DC/Baltimore trip. I would recommend every SUSTAINS member go, especially the freshman! Not only is it a great professional development trip where we learn so much about sustainability, but there is also lots of fun too. It’s the perfect balance of learning and free time. We spoke with professionals and government officials making huge strides to improve our nation’s capital and the surrounding communities. In between activities we went to museums, found the best (college student priced) restaurant for dinner, and relaxed at the pool.
SUSTAINS is a great opportunity to make friends with people of similar interests and learn things you never thought would interest you prior. I love all the opportunities to make connections with sustainability leaders in Ohio and further my learning in areas I am passionate about. The dinner and dialogue events focus on learning sustainability from professionals, making connections, and getting free food, and are a great way to learn about opportunities around Columbus. I highly recommend participating in every activity you can, whether it immediately interests you or not. You never know what amazing things you will learn in SUSTAINS!