Andrew’s passion for studying sustainability led them to spend a semester in a remote Icelandic village.

Andrew is a Senior Honors Scholar with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women & Gender Studies. They* spent the Fall semester of 2015 in an Icelandic ecovillage to study community and sustainability. Andrew is involved with an organization called Stop Sexual Assault in Schools, where they work to “address inequalities in the K-12 education system caused by a lack of enforcement of Title IX and other laws” as an intern and an advisory member to the board. In the future, Andrew plans to work for an activist organization such as the National Center for Transgender Equality or Greenpeace.

As a member of this community, I have had unwavering support from my peers and from faculty members in achieving my goals — including my dream to study sustainability in Iceland.

We believe the best way to learn about our Honors Program is from our students. Therefore, we used this opportunity to ask Andrew some questions that you may have been wondering.

Q: How has your involvement in the Honors Program changed your experience at Emory & Henry?
A: The community of students in the Honors Program has been a radically supportive group of people that have allowed me to see the world through a wide variety of perspectives and has helped make me a more aware citizen of the world.

Q: Where did you study abroad and why?
A: I studied abroad at Solheimar Ecovillage in Iceland (near Selfoss) through the Center for Ecological Learning and Living. While there, I studied sustainability through community, which includes various topics ranging from climate change science to community organizing and activism. My primary purpose for studying abroad was to gain awareness of environmental studies and social issues from a global understanding and to immerse myself in an intentional community dedicated to sustainability in all senses of the word.

Q: What advice would you give incoming students and/or underclassmen on studying abroad?
A: Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you. Be willing to step outside of your comfort zones and the norms in your life -- create new comfort zones for yourself. My experience was meaningful to me because I was able to be engaged in a community that sought to radically re-define sustainability.

*They is used as a gender-neutral pronoun for individuals who do not identify within the gender binary of female and male.