Jess Wibby, EES Ambassador

 

JessWhy did you choose UMaine and the EES program?

I chose UMaine because of another EES ambassador I met on my tour. He seemed so passionate and educated about the environment, so I decided then that I wanted to go to a school that had a great EES program and drew in enthusiastic students like me. I chose the EES program because since I was in elementary school I knew that I wanted to work towards preserving and protecting the environment and because I have always had a strong love for the outdoors.

Why did you choose your particular concentration?

I chose Marine Ecosystems because I grew up in coastal Maine and saw the human impacts on marine ecosystems first hand. I wanted to learn how these impacts were affecting the ocean, and the environment in and around it because of the incredible importance the ocean has on all parts of the world.

Best hands-on experience?

In EES 217, we conducted research on bird species and how their mating might be affected by changing weather patterns. It was an extremely cool class that taught me a lot about bird calls and mating patterns. But most importantly it gave me experience being in the field, designing a research project, and analyzing data.

What do you do when you aren’t studying or attending classes?

I dance in the UMaine Hip Hop Club, am the secretary of the Green Team, am a part of UMaine Active Minds, and previously part of an honors society called the Sophomore Eagles. Next semester I’ll be abroad in the UK and when I come back I will be working for the Green Campus Initiative. I also love hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing!

Any wisdom or advice for prospective EES students?

Join clubs and groups that spark your interest even if they seem intimidating or not for you, you might really end up enjoying it! Also, remember the importance of self-care and not taking on too many things so that you are stressed out. It’s important to enjoy college as much as you learn from it.

 

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