"I was attracted to CABLE because it seemed like an incredible opportunity to meet leaders and peers in the Bioeconomy as well as learn how to organize a large scale on-campus event." Joanna is focused on the environment and natural resources at Oklahoma State University. Read about how her participation in CABLE is helping her grow as a leader, a student, and stakeholder of the bioeconomy.
Q: What university are you attending and what are you studying?
Joanna: I am currently attending Oklahoma State University and I am studying Biosystems Engineering with a focus in Environment and Natural Resources.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Most of my free time consists of playing music and being outdoors, mostly hiking or camping. I also love working on all sorts of puzzles: crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, there is no puzzle too boring. Other than that, if I’m out of schoolwork I honestly enjoy doing research!
What attracted you to CABLE and what do you hope to gain from your experience?
I was attracted to CABLE because it seemed like an incredible opportunity to meet leaders and peers in the Bioeconomy as well as learn how to organize a large scale on-campus event. I have already gained so much through CABLE, but I hope to grow even more as a leader, student, and stakeholder of the Bioeconomy. My goal is to take full advantage of the opportunities CABLE has provided and turn them into assets for my university.
What are your career aspirations?
Someday I hope to travel to Africa and help fight the water crisis. Water is a basic human right and my dream is to help ensure everyone has access to clean water. If living in Africa isn’t in my future long term, I would love to work as an environmental engineer for a consulting firm.
How will CABLE help you in achieving your professional goals?
CABLE has done a wonderful job of educating the student delegates about effective leadership habits and how to use them to address challenges within the bioeconomy. Having these skills in industry is going to be invaluable in addressing most challenges in my career responsibly and economically.
What Working Group are you in and how do you see that connecting to your goals?
I am in the Career Pathways Working Group and it has been eye-opening to learn about all of the ways people can involve themselves with a career in the bioeconomy. After interviewing industry leaders and universities, I anticipate getting to educate students like myself about their opportunities and wide community of support in the bioeconomy.