I’m working as an invasive species crew member for the vegetation department of Grand Canyon National Park. I got this job with the Park Service through the Student Conservation Association (SCA), which I would strongly recommend to all Environmental studies students. My job entails removing invasive plant species from all over the park (north rim, south rim and in the canyon itself). My greatest influences at Wash U were: (1) my Introduction to Environmental Studies class taught by Dr. John Parks, which made me decide to pursue a major in Environmental Studies, (2) an independent study on genetically modified soybeans in South America that I conducted with Professor Glenn Stone, which taught me the rigors of thorough research and exposed me to the scientific side of environmental studies, and (3) my honors thesis, which I did under the supervision of Professor Clare Palmer, still stands as one of my proudest achievements. Through my research and the development of my thesis, I gained a profound insight into the philosophy underlying environmentalism, cementing my conviction to pursue an environmental career. I also am grateful to Professor Bill Lowry for always encouraging me to follow my passions and for recommending the SCA to me.