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Patrice D'Orazio '14 is an efficiency enthusiast: "I am very rational. Why can't we do something as optimally as possible? Sustainability seems very rational to me."

An environmental science major and member of the Goucher swim team, D'Orazio recently spent a semester in Ireland at the ecology department of University of Cork, where she logged countless hours of fieldwork collecting and surveying various organisms and soil biota in the rainy Irish wetlands. Her favorite aspects of the trip were adapting to the different ecosystems of Ireland and working with researchers. Engaging with the scientific community, with people who are "making a difference with their hands," gives her hope that sustainability is attainable.

D'Orazio enjoyed comparing the ways that the Irish interact with their environment to people at Goucher and in her home city, Manhattan. She observed peoples varying habits and outlook and noticed that, "compared with Americans, there was conservation of resources in general," in Ireland.

Returning to Goucher, D'Orazio is more aware of the small ways she can incorporate sustainability into her daily routine and also how she hopes to fit into the environmental community upon graduation: "I like the creativity of working in the field, of working with people, looking into how environmental factors affect communities" she says.

Patrice D’Orazio ’14

“I like the creativity of working in the field, of working with people, looking into how environmental factors affect communities.”

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