Kelsey Parker

Richmond, TX

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - The Lorax

I graduated from high school in 2017, and I am currently working towards my B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Government at UT Austin. I am primarily focused in studying environmental policy and water resources. After graduating in 2021, I would like to attend law school to continue my education in environmental policy and natural resources. After law school, I want to work in local government advocating for the environment!

My Pathway

Growing up I was a apart of an organization where I went camping at different state parks across Texas with my family. This is where my love for nature truely began. From that moment on, I have always been passionate for being outdoors, but I never considered it as a career path until high school.

Like so many other high school students, I had not put much thought into deciding a college major. For most of my life I thought I wanted to become a lawyer. It wasn't until my senior year when I took an elective class called AP Environmental Science that ultimately made me want to become a scientist and policymaker. This is when I chose to combine my two passions.

Since applying to the EVS program at UT I have had the chance to travel Texas and study rocks, aquifers, gardens and so much more! I know I choose the right career path for me since I have loved each of my courses throughout my time at UT.

The surprising thing is...

Because I choose a major I am passionate about I have actually enjoyed each of my courses. I found that studying topics that interest me was the best decision I have made in college. Take one earth science class and see the how diverse, challening, and interesting it is! Geoscience is more than just geology. It combines math, physics, biology, sustainability, and energy all together. Today, I appreciate the opportunity I have to continue exploring the earth throughout my time in college.


If you are passionate about making big changes in the world, then let that drive your educational goals. The most important thing is that you choose a career that is focused on your passions, because it is your future and not anyone else's. I know many students stuggle with reconciling thier own interests with those of thier peers, parents, and society. Don't be afraid of broadening your horizons to all the opportunites out there! Research career opportunuties and programs that excite you, so you can make a well informed decision on chosing a college major.

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