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As a young adult growing up in today's world, especially one blessed enough to grow up in an old farm house, (though I didn't think that while growing up of course!) nature has always been a huge part of my life, and I have grown up with data of our environmental impact my entire life, and only getting stronger as the years pass.

So, when confronted with that huge question every young person is asked - what do you want to be when you grow up? - the answer was obvious. Well, not quite, there was still the same debate most HS students have, but I eventually asked myself, what do I have a passion for?

Not satisfied with my own answer, I tried one more time. What do I have a passion for, that I could actually make a living off of? This I knew would be environmental sciences.

Now, I wish I could share some of my accomplishments of this, but my first day of classes in this major hasn't yet begun. Like most soon-to-be students I am excited to begun, and I hope I can make the world a better place. Unlike most students however, that desire isnt simply a nice-sounding goal, it is the entire purpose of my existence. I understand our insignificance, and I understand that most of our endeavors are are far from lasting, but this is as close as it gets.

I just hope that overall, my existence on this earth will be helpful, however insignificant it may be. My existence itself on this world is a gift, the least I can do is try to help it.