Senior Profile: Emma Findeisen

What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?

Dual Major in History and Environmental Studies with a dual concentration in Environmental Biology and Policy and Management. 

What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?

I had two summer research jobs, one for the environmental department and one for the history department. I worked on a sheep dairy in New Windsor and had an environmental department internship.

What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?

President of Green Life 2019-2020 and a member of green life. Member of the compost club.

Have you enjoyed your time at McDaniel? If so, what did you enjoy the most?

Yes. I am glad I chose to come to McDaniel. I have taken advantage of some many academic opportunities that would not have been available to me somewhere else. I was also able to study abroad for Jan Term in Peru which was amazing. 

Who do you think was/is your best mentor?

Dr. Engle and Dr. Evergates 

Describe your favorite memory at McDaniel.

The Earth Day celebrations each year (I know it’s not just one) that greenlife and other clubs set up.

What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?

College and Covid are not a good mix. My first capstone was very difficult because I had six week instead of fourteen to write a thirty page paper. So I broke the paper down and asked all my friends to read it so I knew it was good before I turned it in. 

What are your plans for after graduation?

Find a job or have a gap year before attempting graduate school. 

What would you tell yourself as a first-year student at McDaniel?

Your GPA only matters so much, your mental health matters more. 

Where do you see the world in 10 years?

Hopefully trying to be more sustainable. One can only hope.

How do you reflect on your senior year during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Trying to make the most of it. It’s not ideal but I’ve come too far to stop now.