I happened upon this class by chance, and I am so glad that I did. Environmental science was my favorite class in high school, not because I thought I could save the world by recycling, or because it was easy. I loved it in part because it was applicable, just as this class is. We have learned about the worlds perception of health, the support of medication by the media, to the common persons perception of science and scientists, to the unadvertised idea that there is hope for reversing global warming. We have learned how heavy the medias impact on societal beliefs is, and we have discussed how this may be changed.
I took this class at a time when I needed to feel like I had a purpose, and like my education wasn’t a waste of time or money. I have been able to expand my mind and open it to new ideas and new perspectives by learning about accurate data representing food deserts and fast food restaurant locations compared to economic and racial demographics.
Although we may not have built a class environment that will last in group texts (with the blue message bubbles), I have grown as a person through this class and with my peers. This class may not lead every single one of us to become communication activists or environmental activists, but it could be that first stepping stone for one of us to begin changing the world in that way. It certainly was a strong stepping stone laid in each of our paths, and it will influence the direction each and every one of us takes for the rest of our lives. I hope everyone enjoyed this class as much as I did, and hopefully you learned as much as I did, particularly if you didn’t expect anything but an easy enough work load.
Halle Van De Hey