Written By Larissa Gamble, Editor-in-Chief
As the end of the spring semester rolls around students get busy with finals, packing to go home, and saying goodbye to their friends for the summer. But, for the seniors, the end of the spring semester brings graduation and moving on to the next phase of life. IT can also be bittersweet as seniors say goodbye to the college and the friends they have made over the past four years. One such senior is Brittany McMillen, who studied Environmental Studies and Philosophy during her time at Austin College.
Brittany has always been passionate about the environment and Environmental Studies was a natural fit. Her interest in philosophy stems from her interest “in doing policy [rather] than direct science research”. She was looking for ways to “expand that area of [her] knowledge”.
Outside of her studies, Brittany has participated in Thinking Green, the school’s environmental club, all four years. She has also been a member of the sorority Theta Sigma Chi and a sweetheart of the Lambda Chi Fraternity. Brittany has also given several lunch talks about her work in environmental studies. These are something she is incredibly proud of. Especially as one of the talks she gave was about research that she had done over the summer.
As she leaves Austin College, Brittany reflected on her time here and everything she wants to accomplish going forward. When asked about advice she would give to underclassmen and incoming freshmen Brittany said she would tell them to keep their minds open. She believes that “everyone has something to teach you”. As for her future plans, someday, Brittany would like to work on projects that make positive changes in her community. She hopes that, “at least one person/family’s life is made better because of the work [she does]”. Brittany is excited for what comes next after graduation. Aside from working as an Enviromental Protection Specialist for the Texas Commission on Enviromental Quality, she wants to get her own place and a community garden plot nearby if possible. She also has already started saving up for her future dog! Good luck to Brittany Adia McMillen as she finished her final semester and graduates!