Hi, my name is Ericka Nimbley, and I am the Editorial Intern for Alliance. I am an Environmental Studies and Government & Law double major. I have had the privilege of having an education on environmental issues since my freshman year of high school. I have named this blog Nature Nook as a place for me to share my experiences on environmental education.
My passion for the environment began during my freshman year of high school when I started my education at the Academy for Environmental Science. In this program, my curriculum throughout high school revolved around all the different components of the environment. My most notable classes included Human Ecology, Ecological Design, Environmental Research, and Climate Change Biology.
My Environmental Research class took a turn my sophomore year when COVID-19 shut down my high school until junior year. My research project had been taken from the laboratory at my school to my dining room at home. My research focused on the effects of oxybenzone (commonly found in sunscreen) on Platy fish. The opportunity to participate in a research project at such a young age allowed me to see the impact I could have on making a change. Now, in my sophomore year of college, anytime someone uses sunscreen around me, I still inform them of the harmful effects of oxybenzone on aquatic life. Without the experiences I gained from high school, I wouldn’t be the student I am today.
When I came to college, I only intended to major in Environmental Studies. I took an Intro to U.S. Politics class in my first semester to fulfill my humanities requirement. After taking this course, I decided to take another Government & Law class due to my experience from my first semester. I started to enjoy connecting the topics discussed in my Environmental Studies and Government & Law courses, so I decided to double major. My hope for my career beyond college is to enter the field of environmental policy and protect the environment that I love so much. As the Lorax says, “I speak for the trees, as they have no tongue.”