Archive for June, 2011

June 14, 2011


For the most part, word has gotten out that I have changed my major – but for those of you who are just now discovering this, I changed from Environmental Science to Environmental Resource Engineering. Not a big change, but even with a small change, there must be a reason. I have realized that I have been receiving small hints, winks, and nudges from something (or someone) for years.

The most unrecognizable for me was my skills in the world of science and math. Yes, I don’t talk about these things very much, this was made apparent to me when my best friend thought I sucked at math. She was oh so very wrong. I am quite skilled at math – aside form some minor mistakes I make in arithmetic – I pick up new formulas and equations rapidly and if I keep practice, my memory will stick.

In the world of sciences, I was dramatically misled by my brain and missed a few very valuable hints of my future. I consider environmental science as a life science. I have to study a ton of biology and botany and climatology and whatnot. However, looking back at high school and my freshman year of college – life sciences are not my forte. As a matter of fact, some of my most embarrassing grades are under that category. Physical sciences, on the other hand, are a close friend of mine. I have always held my best grades in those classes.

Now there are the hints I received in the other side of my life – the artistic side. Just as my name suggest I am equally scientific as artistic, if not more so artistic. I discovered my ability to copy other persons art (not tracing) when I was in sixth grade. I used that talent to improve my original art and eventually became a partially skilled artist (except I am limited to pens and pencils). I also have always enjoyed building small crafts – making jewelry, origami, sewing, I even recently knit my own purse!!

The final hint I received was a much less subtle one. In my environmental science class my senior year of high school we spent about a week or two talking about Sustainable Design (building green homes). I loved the topic and excelled in the category. I still remember every aspect of the design we discussed in class during that brief time. I thought nothing of it as a career. It wasn’t until I was sitting in the last lecture of Natural Resources just about a week ago, when my teacher mentioned a green building being build on some campus in Washington when I was struck. All these tiny details I overlooked came rushing back to me and now I know. I must become and architect. I must build green homes and businesses. This is what I was meant to do, and this is what I will do.

So I changed my major.

 Emily Treat