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I am currently working on my PhD at Oregon State under Aaron Wolf. I'm studying how we can better understand structural violence in water resources policy & management and the role of institutions in both reinforcing and rectifying structural violence related to water needs and values.
Field Geography of Oregon, the field course for incoming water and geography (and in my year, geology) students, was one of my favorite experiences. I fell in love with Oregon on that trip, and I built many new friendships that carried me through my Master's. My peers were my friends in the classroom and out- inspiring me, commiserating with me, and making my years as a Master's student some of the most fun years of my life so far! I loved playing on our department soccer team (the Planeteers) and softball team (the GeoBallers). Beyond my friendships, I had amazing opportunities to travel- first across the PNW & British Columbia while making my documentary on the Columbia River, and then to Israel & Palestine to present my film at a conference on water security.
Don't shy away from doing something off-beat and creative! Also, don't succumb to Imposter Syndrome. Yes, all of your peers are amazing and accomplished, but you are here because someone- probably many people- saw something special in you and wanted you here. Don't measure yourself against the sum of all your peers' talents and experiences. Do form friendships, help & inspire one another, and remember to have fun!