What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?
I am currently studying Environmental Science and Business at The University of Southern California, with a concentration in Sustainability, Energy, and Society. Through work experience and extra curricular leadership roles I have learned that I am particularly good at making genuine connections with people and inspiring others to do the same. During my studies I have had the amazing opportunity to research many ecosystems and societies throughout the world and I have gained a real sense of humility and global awareness from these experiences. I acknowledge that I am part of the generation that needs to work together to create a sustainable coexistence together on this planet. I am especially interested in the potential of social media and the growing globalization of our communication as the engine for inspiring sustainability. In my intern position on the Marketing team at Blue Beyond, I help generate creativity in our marketing outlets and a new striving perspective to this wonderful team.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Throughout my young career and college studies I have found that I get the most satisfaction when I am making authentic person-to-person relationships with others. I enjoy being a part of a team and collaborating in a well-functioning group. Within team environments I find its most rewarding when there is trust between group members, and a shared cooperation rather than competition. Since I have grown up with Blue Beyond, and seen it grow as I have grown, I feel a real sense of kinship here, and I am extremely glad to now see myself contributing to this team.
What characteristic do you most admire in others?
I most admire someone who stays sincere to themself and is confident enough to portray their true self to the world in a way that engages others around them. For me, I look up to leaders that lead by setting this example and create trustworthy relationships with people. When people are not being true to themselves, it shows in their inability to make lasting connection with people, both in professional and social settings. Even if a person’s personality doesn’t necessarily mesh perfectly with mine, we can share mutual respect and joy if we have the right mindset and are honest communicators.
What learning experience had the biggest impact on who you are now?
After I graduated high school I had a gap semester before my start at USC in the spring, and I was given an opportunity to embrace a semester of exploration, both externally and internally. I decided to go on a 10 week immersion experience to the Himalayas, and found myself amongst a group of 9 strangers from around the world, traveling through Nepal and Tibet, fully immersing myself through various activities and organizations there. I was naturally at a crossroads in my life, between high school and the exciting years of college ahead, but chose to let go of my outside world for the most part while I was there and really embraced the opportunity to understand a completely new culture. I learned a lot from the people I met, mainly to take each day with the most positive energy you can and spread that to everyone you meet. I came back with a profound sense of place in the world and a new confidence and positivity that has propelled me in my years at USC.