Nikolas Erwin standing in the left of the photo, overlooking a steep canyon spotted with trees.

At Suffolk

  • Environmental Studies major
  • Suffolk Environmental Club
  • Volunteer with Trustees of Reservations as part of practicum requirement; study abroad in Costa Rica with ICDS program; alternative spring break at Grand Canyon to volunteer in fire prevention

Since Suffolk

  • Mobile Market Manager at the Boston-area nonprofit, Fresh Truck


What led you to choose Environmental Studies as your major?

Environmental Studies felt like the right major because of my interest in sustainable agriculture and specifically it can be integrated into urban environments in order to benefit environmental health, public health, public infrastructure, education, and contribute to a more efficient food system.
 

You are currently the Mobile Market Manager at the Boston-area non-profit Fresh Truck. Can you describe how your degree and extra-curricular experience at Suffolk prepared you for this after graduation?

During my time studying at Suffolk I feel like the opportunity I spent volunteering with the Trustees of Reservations gave me insight into the world of non-profits that has greatly helped me to settle in to my job at Fresh Truck, the opportunity to familiarize myself with the kind of work that goes into running a nonprofit was invaluable during my transition from student to working professional. 
 

What advice would you give to new majors on how to have the most valuable experience as an Environmental Studies major?

Take advantage of ALL the opportunities that the department provides for you. Those experiences will be as important if not more so than your time spent in the classroom. Study abroad, do Alternative Spring Break, find volunteer opportunities, join a club or two. I guarantee that you will not regret it.