Monday, September 10, 2018

New Intern- Ansley Vardeman

Hello readers! I am Ansley, a new environmental policy intern working with Chris Mancini: Director of Operations and Programs. Not only am I new to Save the Harbor, I am new to Boston! I was born and raised in a two stoplight town nestled in  the north Georgia Mountains. Fun fact: the Appalachian Trail starts in my hometown! My childhood was spent constantly outside whether it was exploring the woods, hiking, or enjoying being on the water of Lake Chatuge. These experiences developed in me a value of nature, which has led me to a passion for stewardship of our environment. I saw first hand how experiencing nature can lead to knowledge and a sense of responsibility for the natural world. When I founded a school wide recycling program my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career that impacts the community and environment for the better. I went to college at the University of Georgia and received a B.S.F.R. in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Some of my favorite courses from earning this degree were Environmental Law, Renewable Resources Policy, and Sustainable Tourism.

            You may be wondering how a southerner got all the way to New England. I accomplished my life long goal of becoming an NBA dancer for the Boston Celtics and will be on the court this season! I have trained in all styles of dance since the age of 3 and continued to dance at the collegiate level (Go dawgs!) I was very thankful for the opportunity to pursue my dance dreams along with experience living in an influential city and different part of the United States. When looking for a path to continue learning and gaining experience about my passion for connection of people to nature, Save the Harbor internships were the perfect fit. I hope to learn and experience as much as possible about how a non-profit operates and can impact its community, and walk away with a clearer idea of what step to take next in my career or education. I look forward to exploring Boston and perfecting a northern accent. That being said, “Y’all keep an eye out for me around these parts, ya hear?”

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