Environmental Sciences Spotlight: Victoria Le

Each month, the Environmental Sciences Academic Program highlights a current student who represent the diverse and involved student population within the program. This month, February, the spotlight focuses on, Victoria Le.

Victoria-LeName: Victoria Le

Focal Area: Sustainable Communities

Year: Senior!

Hometown: Kernersville, NC

1. What lead you to select Environmental Sciences at NC State?

I chose environmental science at NC State because I was interested in environmental science, but I didn’t want to focus on just the “science” aspects.  Since the ES program here is so flexible, and works with my interests…it was perfect.  I wanted to focus more on the social aspects – and this program allowed me to.

2. What is your favorite aspect about the Environmental Science program?

My favorite aspect of the ES program is that the advisors and coordinators care about you because it is such a small program.  I remember in my previous major, I felt lost in the numbers and getting in contact with my advisor would take days.

3. What has been your favorite course at NC State?

My favorite course has been Tourism, Poverty and Health with Professor Duarte Morais from the PRT department.  It really encompasses a lot of my interests (the environment, public health, tourism, non profits, etc).

4. How did you select your focal area (if selected)?

My focal area is Sustainable Communities.  (it was all Greg’s Idea!!) Just kidding.  I was in between two focal areas.  I wanted my focal area to be public health initially.  Then, I really wanted it to be sustainable tourism.  Meshing the two together, really encompassed all of my interests – Greg helped out a lot!

5. What is something you wish someone had told you when you were a freshman?

I wish I listened to others when they told me to just trust in my future.  I panicked at not knowing what I wanted to do in the future; I was anxious about how grad schools would look at me, etc.  Though preparing for the future is important, living in the present and enjoying every moment is too.

6. What is your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom?

My favorite thing to do outside of the classroom is to be active.  I enjoy trying new activities and the outdoors.  This past year I’ve gotten involved with kickboxing, hot yoga, training for a half marathon, rock climbing and a couple of other things. It’s how I’ve found balance in work/play.