Each month, the Environmental Sciences Academic Program highlights a current student who represent the diverse and involved student population within the program. This month, August, the spotlight focuses on, Ellie Hardwick.
Name: Ellie Hardwick
Focal Area: Environmental Policy
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
1. What lead you to select Environmental Sciences at NC State?
I took an environmental science class in High School and was really interested in the material so that drove me towards the degree. I also wanted to follow in the foot steps of my great grandfather, Vernon G. MacKenzie. He was Assistant Surgeon General Rear Admiral of the United States Public Health Service, worked with federal air and water pollution standards, and helped write the Clean Air and Water Acts. I decided on the Environmental Sciences program at NC State because of the flexibility the major offered. I was intrigued by that ability to decide on what I wanted to focus on. I also liked the aspect of having more individualized attention if I needed it at a larger university.
2. What is your favorite aspect about the Environmental Science program?
My favorite aspect of the Environmental Science program is the the ability of the student to decide what course he or she wants to take with his or her major and the amazing mentors I have in the program such as Dr. Winner, Greg Wilson, and Erin Champion.
3. What has been your favorite course at NC State?
My favorite course at NC State was PS 320 U.S. Environmental Law and Politics with Dr. Daniel Graham. It was a challenging course, but I learned a great deal and the class was very rewarding in the end. It directly relates to what I want to do and it proved that I am choosing the right focal area.
4. How did you select your focal area?
I have always been interested in politics and science so I thought a focal area that allowed me to combine the two would be the best option. I want to be able to implement policies that help protect the environment and I hope to focus on the energy sector so that I can promote renewables.
5. What is something you wish someone had told you when you were a freshman?
I wish someone had told me that is okay to change your mind about what you want to do and it is okay if you don’t follow your plan completely. Everything will not go as planned, but that is perfectly okay.
6. What is your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom?
I really enjoy being outdoors whether that involves camping, hiking, photography, or just exploring. One of my goals in life is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail after I am done with school. I also enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, and finding new artists/bands that I like.