My name is Nohely Reyes and I'm a senior in Environmental Sciences with a focus in Land, Air, and Water. I'll be graduating in May 2017 with Honors, and I'm currently doing my honors thesis with Dr. Brusseau on In-situ Uranium Biosequestration.
I'm really excited to see what life after graduation will be like since I've accepted my invitation to serve with the Peace Corps in Mexico for two years.
The Peace Corps' mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals: to help the people of, in my case, Mexico in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
As an Environmental Education and Community Outreach Volunteer, I can do so many things. I will not know the specifics of my position until later in the training process, but overall I'll be working with community members in small rural communities to assess their needs in environmental education, improve the management of their natural resources, and build interest in the youth and community as a whole in environmental activities.
I can start Eco-clubs, create and modify environmental education programs, and promote green technologies, as rainwater harvesting and community gardens, to address local environmental challenges.
I'm sure these next couple of years will be full of challenges, but I'm even more certain that serving my community and the growth that I'll experience through that will be so worth it.