As a recent college graduate, I currently find myself swimming through this ocean of opportunities, trying to find an island and fruitful coconut tree to call my own. Last march I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in environmental studies and soon found myself back home in Oakland.
Though I consider Santa Cruz my second home, Oakland is still number one. Despite growing up in the Bay Area I have never mustered up the ability to take it for granted, and don’t really know how I could. Every time I catch a glimpse of the view, whether it be of the blue Bay waters, the San Francisco skyline, or Mt. Tam, a unique sense of place washes over me and I can’t help but let out a sigh of satisfaction. From the scenery to the food to the diversity of people and entertainment, what’s not to be grateful for?
Other than being a great place to live, I can’t think of a better place to pursue the environmental field. The Bay Area has always been at the forefront of environmental issues and is home to an abundance of green businesses, non-profits and like-minded people. With the hard-hitting reality of climate change upon us and the need to shift towards a more sustainable future, the environmental field only continues to grow. Yet trying to find a job, let alone attempting to discover what you’re truly passionate about in the first place, are not simple tasks.
After applying to a variety of environmentally related jobs, I decided to look into some part time internships aligned with my environmental interests. In October I applied for an office volunteer position with Save The Bay and have spent the past few months working on the communications team.
Working for Save The Bay has been a privilege. It’s given me the chance to pursue my love for the Bay, engage others and gain valuable insight into the world of environmental non-profits. Going into the future, it’s vital that young people get involved in Bay issues and never take this incredible natural treasure for granted. Keep providing for the Bay and the Bay will provide for you.
Learn more about our office volunteer positions here.