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Woot woot another San Diego native! Meet Veronica. 

Hi! My name is Veronica and I am a San Diego native. This fall, I will be a senior at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, which is a short subway ride away from Chicago. I’m studying Psychology, Business Institutions, and Environmental Policy and Culture. I spent a quarter of my junior year studying abroad in Paris where I studied Critical Theory but mostly spent my time eating macaroons, chocolate croissants, and exploring the city’s cultural offerings. At various points growing up, I have wanted to be an artist, marine biologist, and architect, but I’m still in the process of figuring out what I want to do with my life!

After experiencing the humidity of a Chicago summer, I could not be more excited to be back working in San Diego. I have always loved spending my free time outside—drawing, taking photos, swimming, biking, playing sports, or just chilling. Whenever I can, I try to take advantage of Chicago’s music, food, and cultural offerings. Pinning food and coffee pictures on Pinterest and reading junky Yahoo articles are my main guilty pleasures. Since turning 21, I have become a craft beer enthusiast and am embarrassed proud to have logged my beer exploration in the app on my phone. I also enjoy reading articles about food, architecture, design, and sustainable technology.

To me, sustainability is a mindset that means acting in a way that acknowledges our dependence on the environment for everything. Realizing that the environment matters to all of our communities—urban and rural, social, cultural and economic—is essential to maintaining a beautiful planet for future generations. Sustainability also has to do with the human right to a clean and healthy environment. To some, environmental activism may carry a radical image. However, living sustainably doesn’t have to mean huge, difficult life changes—every small action to reduce, reuse, and recycle makes a difference.