What have you been up to since you graduated? (Applying to/attending graduate school, working a job, etc.)
I have been in Kansas since then working as a research intern at The Land Institute. This position has been insightful on how much our agricultural system has a role in our society, and engaging in the local culture that is practiced throughout the institution. Applying to jobs and searching for masters programs have been work on the side for me since this internship was only for the Summer. I intend to take a gap year working in anything environmental and applying to grad schools.
How did your degree in social science help inform your path?
My degree had a domino effect on the decisions I have been taking before, and since, graduation. Environment and Society is a broad program that lets you explore different topics within the theme of environmentalism. I came into undergrad undecided and very lost on what I wanted to do. I declared psychology but did not see a future I liked with the degree and later found Environment and Society. The major was–thankfully–flexible enough where I was still able to explore environmental topics while staying on track with my degree, which I loved. I found the intro to urban and regional planning class from the list of courses, got a work study position in the DeVoe Moore Center (a think tank on urban development policy at FSU) and have since realized I can find purpose in the work. I plan on getting my masters in an urban and regional planning program, hopefully focusing on resilience, community and/or food sovereignty. It is complicated to pin-point exactly how I got here but some resources that guided me through this work are the Career Center at FSU, my professors, friends and family and listening to what interested me/ being open to change and manipulate my path to what I wanted.
What is your favorite memory or spot on campus?
I have so many memories and favorite places! I definitely hung around Landis frequently. The green is one of the best places to run into friends, and I, admittedly, would take naps between classes on the grass when the finals and midterm week fatigue would hit. It was also always fun to people watch and sit under the trees on nice days.
Ana Villamizar graduated in April 2021 with a B.S. in Environment and Society, and minors in Urban and Regional Planning and Psychology. You can learn more about Ana here.