Lauren Sharp is being honored as the first graduate from Jamestown Community College's new environmental science degree program today.
Lauren will also be graduating with a mathematics and science degree. Additionally, at the end of the summer, she will be receiving a biotechnology degree. She is a 2010 graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School.
When Lauren first started at JCC, there was no environmental science degree, so she chose to pursue mathematics and science with the intention of continuing her education in environmental science after graduation. She later decided to also earn a biotechnology degree to gain lab experience. Then, during the fall of 2011, the college began offering an environmental science degree, and Lauren jumped on it.
"I've always been interested in the outdoors," said Lauren, commenting on why she chose to pursue environmental science.
The area of environmental sciences she is most interested in is natural resources.
"My career goals include natural resource management, how to use our resources so that we do not run out of them; environmental economics, cost-effective ways to help maintain and preserve different environments; and finding more sustainable resources that will have less of an effect on the environment," said Lauren.
While at JCC, she said her favorite class was tropical biology.
"We got to spend our spring break down in Costa Rica and Panama. So we got to be hands-on in the environment," said Lauren, noting that while on the trip, she toured old and new growth forest, went on a sea turtle walk at night and snorkeled on the coral reef.
She's been accepted to the the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University to pursue a natural resources major. She'll be starting classes in the fall.
In the future, Lauren would like travel so she can work and study in many different environments.
She is a member of Earth Awareness Club, the DNA Club, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She is part of the Iron Maidens Dance Team at the Jamestown Savings Bank Area for the Jamestown Iron Men Hockey Team, and she has worked at Heritage Village Skilled Nursing and Rehab for the last four years.