I am an Environmental Studies and Geography student at Middlebury College in Vermont originating from the archipelago of Cabo Verde.
Very few things in my life have been as certain as my interest in being an environmentalist and protecting our environment. I am interested in natural resource management, environmental justice, questions about rhetoric and discourse and how they affect individual, societal and governmental action. The blurred lines between development and environmental management and protection also fascinate me. I like to understand environmental problems at all scales, but I have a particular interest in understanding how they affect and generate coping mechanisms at the smallest scale - on the individual body. I find that things matter to me even more when I can understand how individuals are impacted, which is where my curiosity always takes me.
Later in my college career, I fell in love with geography as a discipline and a lens to see the world through, and what followed was a gained interest in mapping and GIS that I carry to this day. As a highly visual thinker, I am very fond of maps and infographics, photography and videography, as ways of conveying ideas and exploring topics, and I hope that my career will get to a place where I can do more of that, and even combine them all.
At GRID-Arendal I am looking forward to gaining more experience in cartography and learning about web-mapping as well as aiding in projects that use spatial analysis and remote sensing so as to deepen the knowledge and range that I have in those fields. I also hope to be able to work on content-creation: infographics/graphic design and videos. My videographic experience has mostly been limited to film studies and film criticism so far, and I would love to have the chance to expand it to environmental content that communicates ideas in an impactful way. I also look forward to being able to learn about topics and parts of the world that I am not so familiar with.