Samantha Nigida, EES Student Ambassador

Why did you choose UMaine and the EES program?

I come from a small town in Pennsylvania and one of my favorite things to do is go on adventures and travel. When looking at colleges, my travels had barely taken me to Maine so living in Maine for 4 years seemed like an adventure in itself. The EES program was so impressive and offered so many different types of opportunities for undergraduate students I knew this was where I belonged.

Why did you choose your particular concentration?

Choosing my concentration was probably the easiest decision I’ve made. Humans play a huge role in this environment and making sure the environment is able to sustain humans for as long as possible interested me. Looking at new and old ways of sustainability and changing the environment for the better and protecting it became my passion. This concentration fit perfectly for how I want to help this world.

Best hands-on experience?

The best hands-on experience I’ve had so far was an internship during the summer of 2017. I worked at a nature preserve that focuses on environmental education. Being able to learn independently about this environment and teach a community the best way to protect the environment was so rewarding. I learned so much and was happy I was able to make a difference.

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

When I’m not in class I am the vice president of the university Mock Trial team where we compete against other schools in a courtroom setting. I also love being as active as possible from hiking, running, kayaking and traveling around the world.

Any wisdom or advice for prospective EES students?

For all new or prospective students, my biggest piece of advice is to follow your passion. School might not always be easy but keep that fire burning inside to make a difference and you will go so far in life and in your career. People notice when someone is passionate about something and they take notice and become passionate as well.


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