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Michelle Kooy '98

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

"I gradually gravitated more towards the human aspect of human/society interactions...although I still ended up with a B.Sc., given another year there I probably would have undergone the complete transformation from science to arts."

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

  • Working in the Ecosystem Preserve
  • Geology classes and memorizing minerals
  • Environmental Stewardship Club
  • Prof. Bert DeVries

LIFE AFTER CALVIN

  • Worked for a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Palestine for one year.
  • Completed a Masters degree in Environmental Studies at York University (Toronto).
  • Spent a year in Thailand researching the political ecology of water privatization.
  • Worked for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

Michelle is in the PhD program in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia. As of September 2003 she is preparing to take her comprehensive exams, and then she will go to Indonesia to "look at all of the fascinating socio-cultural, and political economic issues determining the structure of urban water governance in Jakarta, Indonesia." She says "I love my work—-it isn't always apparent but there's nothing else I want to do."

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

"Take time to think about what you believe (about anything/everything) and why...and yet--perhaps paradoxically—try to open yourself up to as many new things (courses, friends, cultures, experiences, organizations, music) as possible. Be (overtly) political."

Major/minor

environmental science (biology focus)

Career tags

environmental studies, international development, water stewardship

Contact

melank@interchange.ubc.ca